East elevation, 2013
|Alternative names||Jockey Club Innovation Tower|
|Location||Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hung Hom Campus|
|Town or city||Hung Hom, Kowloon|
|Other dimensions||Height 76 metres (249 ft)|
|Floor area||15,000 square metres (160,000 sq ft)|
|Design and construction|
Jockey Club Innovation Tower is a building of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University located on Chatham Road South in Hung Hom district, Kowloon. It was designed by Pritzker-prize-winning architect Zaha Hadid. This building is her first permanent work in Hong Kong. Originally expected to be completed by the end of 2011, it was not finished until mid-2013.
Zaha Hadid's firm won the competition to design the building in 2007. The competition brief called for "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. Their solution was to "dissolve ... the classic typography of tower and podium to create a seamlessly fluid new structure ... creat[ing] a building which is inherently organised and understood to visitors from the point of entry."
Athletic fields surrounding the building were razed to create a new surrounding landscape. The main pedestrian entrance was placed at podium level, as with the other buildings on campus. A long pathway from nearby Suen Chi Sun Memorial Square to an open foyer creates a focal point, where the building space opens to shops, a cafeteria, museum, and exhibition area.
Location and size
The tower is located at the northwestern tip of the university campus. Upon completion, the tower provided some 12,000 square metres (130,000 sq ft) of net operational floor area and is able to accommodate about 1,800 staff and students.
The tower houses the School of Design (SD) and supports the development of its specialisations, namely Environmental Design, Industrial and Product Design, Visual Communication, Advertising as well as Digital Design.
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- Jockey Club Innovation Tower at Hong Kong Polytechnic University: Topping-out. Zaha Hadid Architects. 4 October 2012.
- Jockey Club Charities Trust helps needy with record HK$1.62 billion donations Hong Kong Jockey Club. Press Release. 15 July 2011.
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