In the thick of Hong Kong’s concrete jungle, surrounded by dense residential spaces and a web of roaring highways lies the Jockey Club Innovation Tower at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
The building, which opened just over a year ago, is the new home for the university’s design students.
Although it is affiliated with the Hong Kong Jockey Club, it has nothing to do with horse racing and everything to do with design.
Stretching 15 stories skywards and with interior space measuring up to 15,000 square-meters, the $81 million tower consists of labs, workshop spaces, classrooms and exhibition areas that are open to the public.
It’s a stark contrast to the rest of the old-fashioned red-brick campus.
Displaying fluid corridors, curvaceous walls, and a radical structure, the Innovation Tower is also the first building from renowned Iraqi-born British architect Zaha Hadid to be built in Hong Kong.
“The school has a long history but it used to be blended into the campus, it was quite sort of hidden,” said Simon Yu, an architect at Zaha Hadid Architects. “Now with a new home it brings it all out into one hub.”
It’s hoped the futuristic design will inspire the next generation of ambitious artists, architects and designers currently studying on the 50-year-old campus. ….