The Hong Kong Polytechnic campus has been built over the past 50 years on the basis of a visually consistent masterplan which however includes very different buildings. Zaha Hadid Architects designed the Jockey Club Innovation Tower on a lot of irregular shape on the campus. The newly opened tower block will contain the School of Design and the Club Design Institute Jockey for Social Innovation.
Zaha Hadid designed a construction which is not at all like a typical tower block, preferring a more fluid composition, starting with the podium. Outside the building, the architects designed a series of informal spaces where students are encouraged to get together and interact.
The building is 15 storeys high, with 15000 square metres of design workshops and studios, multipurpose classrooms and exhibition areas: multidisciplinary spaces that help promote collective cultural research in line with the various different programmes of the School of Design.
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Location: Hong Kong, China
Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects, ph.Iwan Baan, ph.Doublespace, ph.Virgile Simon Bertrand