Zaha Hadid's first building in Hong Kong
An almighty debut in the city
Talented architect Zaha Hadid has finalised construction of the Hong Kong polytechnic university's 'Jockey Club Innovation Tower', a 15-storey structure providing 15,000 square meters of floor area and accommodating up to 1,800 students and staff per day.
The project, Hadid's first permanent building in Hong Kong, reinterprets the orthodox typology of a multi-story building, establishing a series of fluid and connected volumes in constant dialogue with each another. The structure houses the university's school of design, comprising a large lecture hall, ten classrooms and various studios and workshops. Additionally, the scheme offers public spaces including a design museum, permanent and temporary exhibition galleries and a communal viewing lounge, with a grand opening in March 2014.
After that, Hadid will debut her first project in New York - 37 apartments in Chelsea. Prior to that, the she also introduced a new building to London - The Serpentine Sackler Gallery housing block, which began its work in September this year. When does she sleep?