Zaha Hadid’s first building in Hong Kong, recently completed, is the Jockey Club Innovation Tower for Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The 76 metre high building is located on the University’s campus close to Hung Hom station in Kowloon and povides 12,000 sq m net space for about 1,800 staff and students. Zaha Hadid won the competition for the design of the building in 2007 with a brief sought “a beacon structure symbolising and driving the development of Hong Kong as a design hub in Asia.” She and her team took as their guiding principle the “collateral flexibility” between the departments to be housed in the building. all within the School of Design (SD) with developing specialisms in Environmental Design, Industrial and Product Design, Visual Communication, Advertising and Digital Design. The building is funded by the Hong Kong Jockey Club at HK$249 million.
The photographs are by the Hong Kong photographer Edmon Leong and first published in Deezeen Magazine. For a university building and one focused on creativity, the interiors appear stark in white and shades of grey and too controlled. Hopefully once the students become used to the building, they will soften it and add some colour and further layers of creativity, but without compromising the essence of Hadid’s design.