Designed by Pritzker-Price-winning architect Zaha Hadid, the Jockey Club Innovation Tower is home to the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design and is the new driving force in the development of Hong Kong as a design hub in Asia. The Tower, 15,000 square metres of net floor area, houses 10 classrooms, design studios and workshops, as well as exhibition spaces and a lecture hall of 300 seats: a state of art auditorium, displaying Hadid’s signature concentric forms. Poltrona Frau Contract design team collaborated directly with Zaha Hadid Architects in the definition of the custom made chairs.
The Jockey Club Innovation Tower auditorium is the image of the exterior structure. Preserving the futuristic style of the building, the room appears like a science-fiction setting, wide and with low ceiling.
Thanks to its long experience in auditorium and theatre acoustics field, Poltrona Frau Contract produced a model with the most advanced technology that fits perfectly with the Hadid’s space conception.
“The fluid character of the Innovation Tower is generated through an intrinsic composition of its landscape, floor plates and louvers that dissolves the classic typology of the tower into an iconic seamless piece” said Zaha Hadid about the project. “These fluid internal and external courtyards create new public spaces of an intimate scale which complement the large open exhibition forums and outdoor recreational facilities to promote a diversity of civic spaces.”
Text by Gabriele Masi.
Pictures 3,4,5 by Iwan Baan.
Picture 6 by Virgile Simon Bertrand.