Zaha Hadid’s Jockey Club Innovation Tower

Jockey Club Innovation Tower

Jockey Club Innovation Tower
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The Jockey Club Innovation Tower (JCIT) is home to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) School of Design, and the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower
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The 15-storey, 15,000 sq. m. tower accommodates more than 1,800 students and staff, with facilities for design education and innovation that include: design studios, labs and workshops, exhibition areas, multi-functional classrooms, lecture theatre and communal lounge.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower
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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University campus has developed its urban fabric over the last 50 years with the university’s many faculties housed in visually coherent, yet very different buildings. The JCIT creates a new urban space that enriches the diversity of university life and expresses the dynamism of an institution looking to the future.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower
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Located on a narrow, irregular site at the northeastern tip of the university campus (bordered by the university’s football ground to the south, and the Chatham Road/ Kowloon Corridor motorway interchange to the north), the JCIT is connected tothe heart of the campus; encouraging the university’s various faculties and schools to develop multidisciplinary initiatives and engagement with the community, government, industry, NGO’s and academia.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower
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The JCIT design dissolves the typical typology of the tower/podium into a more fluid composition. Interior and exterior courtyards create informal spaces to meet and interact, complementing the large exhibition forums, studios, theatre and recreational facilities.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower
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The tower’s design promotes a multidisciplinary environment by connecting the variety of programs within the School of Design; establishing a collective research culture where many contributions and innovations can feed off each other.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower
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Students, staff and visitors move through 15 levels of studios, workshops, labs, exhibition and event areas within the school. Interior glazing and voids bring transparency and connectivity, while circulation routes and communal spaces have been arranged to encourage interaction between the many learning clusters and design disciplines.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower
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With its contribution of HK$249 million towards the construction of JCIT, The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust also funds the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower
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The Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation will support students in the study of social issues arising in Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta Region, addressed through the themes of Service Design, Sustainable Environment, Holistic Health, and Adolescent and Family Development.

Jockey Club Innovation Tower
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Location: Hong Kong, China
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher
Project Team: Hinki Kong , Jinqi Huang, Bianca Cheung, Charles Kwan, Juan Liu, Junkai Jian, Zhenjiang Guo, Uli Blum, Long Jiang , Yang Jingwen, Bessie Tam, Koren Sin, Xu Hui, Tian Zhong
Acoustic: Westwood Hong & Associates Ltd
Local Architect: AGC Design Ltd (Hong Kong), AD+RG (Competion Stage)
Geotechnical / Structure / MEP / Façade Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners
Landscaping: Team 73 Hong Kong Ltd
General Contractor: Shui On Construction Company Ltd., Hong Kong
Quantity Surveyor: Rider Levett Bucknall Ltd.
Façade Contractor: YKK AP Facade Hong Kong LTD / Beijing Jangho Curtain Wall Co. Ltd.
Area: 15,000m2
Height: 78 meters
Capacity: 1800 students & staff
Year: 2007 – 2014

Jockey Club Innovation Tower
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Jockey Club Innovation Tower
photo © Virgile Simon Bertrand
Jockey Club Innovation Tower
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