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Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • Hong Kong, China
  • 2007 – 2013
  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Competition / Research
  • 15000m2
  • Height: 76m
  • Capacity: 1450

Our designs dissolved the classic typography of tower and podium to create a seamlessly fluid new structure – establishing a vision for future achievements and referencing the university’s rich tradition. Conceptually, the university’s many different programs provided a guiding principle – ‘collateral flexibility’ – governing the tower’s internal logic.

In 2007 we were appointed following a competition to design a new ‘Innovation Tower’ for Hong Kong Polytechnic University – a beacon structure symbolizing and driving the development of Hong Kong as a design hub in Asia; a fitting setting for the institution’s many different design education and design research programs.

We welcome the chance to re-examine the characteristics of, and demands placed upon, a ‘creative multidisciplinary environment’ – envisaging a solution that dissolved the classic typography of tower and podium to create a seamlessly fluid new structure. A tower that establishes a vision for future achievements and references the University’s rich tradition.

Conceptually, the university’s many different programs and the inter-relationships between them provided a guiding principle – ‘collateral flexibility’ – which was used to govern the tower’s internal logic; to create a building which is inherently organized and understood to visitors from the point of entry.

Surrounding playing fields have been raised to create a new surrounding landscape and place the main pedestrian entrance at podium level, with the space liberated below used to create access routes to the main campus. At podium level an open public foyer, the end point of a long path running from Suen Chi Sun Memorial Square channels deep in the main structure, bringing visitors to a generous space containing shops, cafeteria, museum and exhibition area.

Architect

ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS

Design

Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Woody K.T Yao

Project Leader

Simon Yu

Project Team

Hinki Kong, Jinqi Huang, Juan Liu, Bessie Tam, Bianca Cheung, Charles Kwan, Zhenjiang Guo, Junkai Jian, Uli Blum

Competition Team

Hinki Kwong, Melodie Leung, Long Jiang, Zhenjiang Guo, Yang Jingwen, Miron Mutyaba, Pavlos Xanthopoulus, Margarita Yordanova Valova

Local Architect

AGC Design Ltd, AD+RG (Competition Stage)

Structural & Geotechnical

Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd

Building Services

Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd

Facade

Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd

Landscaping

Team 73 Hong Kong Ltd

Acoustic

Westwood Hong & Associates Ltd