Zaha Hadid's Innovation Tower

Architect reimagines the idea of a tower for a design school in Hong Kong, the city where her career began
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Innovation Tower - Zaha Hadid
Innovation Tower - Zaha Hadid

Her first big project may have never been built, yet 30 years later Zaha Hadid's most recently completed creation reaffirms her affection for Hong Kong. The "topping-out" or completion ceremony for the Hadid-designed Jockey Club Innovation Tower took place last week. This multipurpose building lies at the heart of Hong Kong Polytechnic University's School of Design, and houses a lecture hall, classrooms, studios, workshops, a museum, an exhibition space and a communal viewing lounge. Hadid says her studio "re-examined the traditional characteristics of a tower and podium to create a seamless fluid structure."

 

Innovation Tower - Zaha Hadid
Innovation Tower - Zaha Hadid

 

Hong Kong holds a special place in Hadid's heart. Back in 1983 she designed The Peak spa in Hong Kong - a notable early project which was never built. Commenting on the Innovation Tower's completion, she said "It's a very important project for us, particularly because it's in Hong Kong, the city where my career started. I have always had tremendous affection for it.'" Let's hope The Tower launches many more creative careers as auspicious as Hadid's.

 

Innovation Tower - Zaha Hadid
Innovation Tower - Zaha Hadid


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