Zaha Hadid’s Modern University Building in Hong Kong

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University has a new and stunning home for its Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation. Aptly named the Jockey Club Innovation Tower, the recently-opened building accommodates more than 1,800 students and staff with areas that include studios, labs and workshops, exhibition areas, classrooms, and more. The 15-storey, 15,000 square meter tower was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, who created a series of fluid spaces that are meant to promote dialogue between the different areas of study within the school.

The tiered structure is located on a narrow, irregular site on campus, which influenced the design of the tower. Its unusual-yet-modern shape uses bold exterior and interior lines that create a flow both aesthetically and as you walk through the space. Additionally, the glazed windows flood the rooms with natural light and give a calm, airy feel to the building. This makes for a beautiful design that is sure to inspire its inhabitants for many years to come.

Zaha Hadid Architects website
via [ArchDaily and designboom] Photos via [Iwan Bann]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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