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.