Michael Wolf — Architecture of Density

Architecture of Density #39
© Michael Wolf,
courtesy of Flowers Gallery

LondonArt & Culture

Going Up

The skyscrapers of Hong Kong as you've never imagined them before...

Land is a finite resource, and there are few places where the pressure is on so acutely than in Hong Kong. Restricted by its island geography, the city’s solution to a rising population has been to build upwards, and Hong Kong now has more skyscrapers over 150m tall than any other city in the world. Michael Wolf has lived there since 1994, and has seen the rapid growth in people and buildings first hand.

Architecture of Density is the photographer’s examination of the city and its buildings, one in which the context is largely removed and the scale is only understandable when viewed in relation to itself. Repeating patterns in the architecture overwhelm, while in others we see evidence of human interaction with their megalithic homes – clothes draped over balconies for example, as ingenuity maximises the potential of every surface. Flowers Gallery on Cork Street, London, is hosting the exhibition until 22 February, and there is a monograph being launched in conjunction with the show, called Hong Kong Trilogy, published by Peperoni Books.

@FlowersGallery

Michael Wolf — Architecture of Density

Scout #22
© Michael Wolf,
courtesy of Flowers Gallery

Michael Wolf — Architecture of Density

Scout #2
© Michael Wolf,
courtesy of Flowers Gallery

Michael Wolf — Architecture of Density

Architecture of Density #119
© Michael Wolf,
courtesy of Flowers Gallery

Michael Wolf — Architecture of Density

My Favourite Thing #83
© Michael Wolf,
courtesy of Flowers Gallery

Michael Wolf — Architecture of Density

Architecture of Density #13b
© Michael Wolf,
courtesy of Flowers Gallery

Michael Wolf — Architecture of Density

My Favourite Thing #97
© Michael Wolf,
courtesy of Flowers Gallery

Michael Wolf — Architecture of Density

Scout #61
© Michael Wolf,
courtesy of Flowers Gallery

Instagram

object(stdClass)#279 (3) {
  ["pagination"]=>
  object(stdClass)#274 (2) {
    ["next_max_id"]=>
    string(27) "1661937328933579024_4883069"
    ["next_url"]=>
    string(160) "https://api.instagram.com/v1/users/4883069/media/recent?access_token=4883069.1677ed0.cc1d10d96f2c4fa09d783ea993f71a71&count=4&max_id=1661937328933579024_4883069"
  }
  ["data"]=>
  array(4) {
    [0]=>
    object(stdClass)#269 (15) {
      ["id"]=>
      string(27) "1672048495106460626_4883069"
      ["user"]=>
      object(stdClass)#273 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(7) "4883069"
        ["full_name"]=>
        string(8) "We Heart"
        ["profile_picture"]=>
        string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
        ["username"]=>
        string(8) "we_heart"
      }
      ["images"]=>
      object(stdClass)#277 (3) {
        ["thumbnail"]=>
        object(stdClass)#270 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(150)
          ["height"]=>
          int(150)
          ["url"]=>
          string(124) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s150x150/e35/c0.120.959.959/25009276_378432452614783_1940649469112483840_n.jpg"
        }
        ["low_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#276 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(320)
          ["height"]=>
          int(400)
          ["url"]=>
          string(109) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/p320x320/25009276_378432452614783_1940649469112483840_n.jpg"
        }
        ["standard_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#458 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(640)
          ["height"]=>
          int(800)
          ["url"]=>
          string(116) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/sh0.08/e35/p640x640/25009276_378432452614783_1940649469112483840_n.jpg"
        }
      }
      ["created_time"]=>
      string(10) "1513543734"
      ["caption"]=>
      object(stdClass)#275 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(17) "17898752959124469"
        ["text"]=>
        string(167) "It's looking very much like Christmas in Brussels' Grand-Place — check out stories for some winter wonderland vibes from one of Europe's most opulent squares.⠀
⠀"
        ["created_time"]=>
        string(10) "1513543734"
        ["from"]=>
        object(stdClass)#265 (4) {
          ["id"]=>
          string(7) "4883069"
          ["full_name"]=>
          string(8) "We Heart"
          ["profile_picture"]=>
          string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
          ["username"]=>
          string(8) "we_heart"
        }
      }
      ["user_has_liked"]=>
      bool(false)
      ["likes"]=>
      object(stdClass)#454 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(229)
      }
      ["tags"]=>
      array(0) {
      }
      ["filter"]=>
      string(6) "Normal"
      ["comments"]=>
      object(stdClass)#272 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(4)
      }
      ["type"]=>
      string(5) "image"
      ["link"]=>
      string(40) "https://www.instagram.com/p/Bc0Tz9WDAvS/"
      ["location"]=>
      object(stdClass)#268 (4) {
        ["latitude"]=>
        float(50.8467)
        ["longitude"]=>
        float(4.3525)
        ["name"]=>
        string(23) "Grand-Place de Bruxelas"
        ["id"]=>
        int(779364608)
      }
      ["attribution"]=>
      NULL
      ["users_in_photo"]=>
      array(0) {
      }
    }
    [1]=>
    object(stdClass)#281 (15) {
      ["id"]=>
      string(27) "1666043684854771998_4883069"
      ["user"]=>
      object(stdClass)#282 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(7) "4883069"
        ["full_name"]=>
        string(8) "We Heart"
        ["profile_picture"]=>
        string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
        ["username"]=>
        string(8) "we_heart"
      }
      ["images"]=>
      object(stdClass)#284 (3) {
        ["thumbnail"]=>
        object(stdClass)#283 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(150)
          ["height"]=>
          int(150)
          ["url"]=>
          string(125) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s150x150/e35/c0.120.959.959/25005196_1385777501550058_1912372108810256384_n.jpg"
        }
        ["low_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#285 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(320)
          ["height"]=>
          int(400)
          ["url"]=>
          string(110) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/p320x320/25005196_1385777501550058_1912372108810256384_n.jpg"
        }
        ["standard_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#286 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(640)
          ["height"]=>
          int(800)
          ["url"]=>
          string(117) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/sh0.08/e35/p640x640/25005196_1385777501550058_1912372108810256384_n.jpg"
        }
      }
      ["created_time"]=>
      string(10) "1512827905"
      ["caption"]=>
      object(stdClass)#287 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(17) "17886933979188294"
        ["text"]=>
        string(140) "It's beginning to look a lot like ... Kitschmas. Put your snobbery aside and revel in the garish season of goodwill 🎄🎅🏼🎄🎅🏼"
        ["created_time"]=>
        string(10) "1512827905"
        ["from"]=>
        object(stdClass)#288 (4) {
          ["id"]=>
          string(7) "4883069"
          ["full_name"]=>
          string(8) "We Heart"
          ["profile_picture"]=>
          string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
          ["username"]=>
          string(8) "we_heart"
        }
      }
      ["user_has_liked"]=>
      bool(false)
      ["likes"]=>
      object(stdClass)#289 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(201)
      }
      ["tags"]=>
      array(0) {
      }
      ["filter"]=>
      string(6) "Normal"
      ["comments"]=>
      object(stdClass)#290 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(6)
      }
      ["type"]=>
      string(5) "image"
      ["link"]=>
      string(40) "https://www.instagram.com/p/Bce-eeADTEe/"
      ["location"]=>
      object(stdClass)#291 (4) {
        ["latitude"]=>
        float(50.852276492638)
        ["longitude"]=>
        float(4.3475921248184)
        ["name"]=>
        string(46) "Plaisirs d'hiver / Winterpret / Winter Wonders"
        ["id"]=>
        int(362631425)
      }
      ["attribution"]=>
      NULL
      ["users_in_photo"]=>
      array(0) {
      }
    }
    [2]=>
    object(stdClass)#292 (15) {
      ["id"]=>
      string(27) "1662335955862709591_4883069"
      ["user"]=>
      object(stdClass)#293 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(7) "4883069"
        ["full_name"]=>
        string(8) "We Heart"
        ["profile_picture"]=>
        string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
        ["username"]=>
        string(8) "we_heart"
      }
      ["images"]=>
      object(stdClass)#295 (3) {
        ["thumbnail"]=>
        object(stdClass)#294 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(150)
          ["height"]=>
          int(150)
          ["url"]=>
          string(126) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s150x150/e35/c0.135.1080.1080/24328048_502678773446248_1895538770472599552_n.jpg"
        }
        ["low_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#296 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(320)
          ["height"]=>
          int(400)
          ["url"]=>
          string(109) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/p320x320/24328048_502678773446248_1895538770472599552_n.jpg"
        }
        ["standard_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#297 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(640)
          ["height"]=>
          int(800)
          ["url"]=>
          string(116) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/sh0.08/e35/p640x640/24328048_502678773446248_1895538770472599552_n.jpg"
        }
      }
      ["created_time"]=>
      string(10) "1512385910"
      ["caption"]=>
      object(stdClass)#298 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(17) "17912276356011817"
        ["text"]=>
        string(58) "Feeling on top of the world at the #andazRooftopBar⠀
⠀"
        ["created_time"]=>
        string(10) "1512385910"
        ["from"]=>
        object(stdClass)#299 (4) {
          ["id"]=>
          string(7) "4883069"
          ["full_name"]=>
          string(8) "We Heart"
          ["profile_picture"]=>
          string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
          ["username"]=>
          string(8) "we_heart"
        }
      }
      ["user_has_liked"]=>
      bool(false)
      ["likes"]=>
      object(stdClass)#300 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(338)
      }
      ["tags"]=>
      array(1) {
        [0]=>
        string(15) "andazrooftopbar"
      }
      ["filter"]=>
      string(6) "Normal"
      ["comments"]=>
      object(stdClass)#301 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(4)
      }
      ["type"]=>
      string(5) "image"
      ["link"]=>
      string(40) "https://www.instagram.com/p/BcRzb6SjmVX/"
      ["location"]=>
      object(stdClass)#302 (4) {
        ["latitude"]=>
        float(35.663947867467)
        ["longitude"]=>
        float(139.75049289284)
        ["name"]=>
        string(51) "Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills  アンダーズ 東京"
        ["id"]=>
        int(272669535)
      }
      ["attribution"]=>
      NULL
      ["users_in_photo"]=>
      array(0) {
      }
    }
    [3]=>
    object(stdClass)#303 (15) {
      ["id"]=>
      string(27) "1661937328933579024_4883069"
      ["user"]=>
      object(stdClass)#304 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(7) "4883069"
        ["full_name"]=>
        string(8) "We Heart"
        ["profile_picture"]=>
        string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
        ["username"]=>
        string(8) "we_heart"
      }
      ["images"]=>
      object(stdClass)#306 (3) {
        ["thumbnail"]=>
        object(stdClass)#305 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(150)
          ["height"]=>
          int(150)
          ["url"]=>
          string(124) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/s150x150/e35/c0.90.724.724/24274512_1489625551115653_7453037331201654784_n.jpg"
        }
        ["low_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#307 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(320)
          ["height"]=>
          int(400)
          ["url"]=>
          string(110) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/e35/p320x320/24274512_1489625551115653_7453037331201654784_n.jpg"
        }
        ["standard_resolution"]=>
        object(stdClass)#308 (3) {
          ["width"]=>
          int(640)
          ["height"]=>
          int(800)
          ["url"]=>
          string(117) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-15/sh0.08/e35/p640x640/24274512_1489625551115653_7453037331201654784_n.jpg"
        }
      }
      ["created_time"]=>
      string(10) "1512338389"
      ["caption"]=>
      object(stdClass)#309 (4) {
        ["id"]=>
        string(17) "17886633673187578"
        ["text"]=>
        string(79) "Mid-century modern meets traditional Japanese style at the stunning @andaztokyo"
        ["created_time"]=>
        string(10) "1512338389"
        ["from"]=>
        object(stdClass)#310 (4) {
          ["id"]=>
          string(7) "4883069"
          ["full_name"]=>
          string(8) "We Heart"
          ["profile_picture"]=>
          string(97) "https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/t51.2885-19/s150x150/14294982_1849699741925141_1575779772_a.jpg"
          ["username"]=>
          string(8) "we_heart"
        }
      }
      ["user_has_liked"]=>
      bool(false)
      ["likes"]=>
      object(stdClass)#311 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(191)
      }
      ["tags"]=>
      array(0) {
      }
      ["filter"]=>
      string(6) "Normal"
      ["comments"]=>
      object(stdClass)#312 (1) {
        ["count"]=>
        int(4)
      }
      ["type"]=>
      string(5) "image"
      ["link"]=>
      string(40) "https://www.instagram.com/p/BcQYzICDCkQ/"
      ["location"]=>
      object(stdClass)#313 (4) {
        ["latitude"]=>
        float(35.663947867467)
        ["longitude"]=>
        float(139.75049289284)
        ["name"]=>
        string(51) "Andaz Tokyo Toranomon Hills  アンダーズ 東京"
        ["id"]=>
        int(272669535)
      }
      ["attribution"]=>
      NULL
      ["users_in_photo"]=>
      array(0) {
      }
    }
  }
  ["meta"]=>
  object(stdClass)#314 (1) {
    ["code"]=>
    int(200)
  }
}