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Jockey Club Innovation Tower, Hong Kong

Monday 12 May 2014

The next generation of innovators

Photographs: Iwan Baan. Drawings: ZHA 
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20/05/14 C.K. Fung, Hong Kong
Congratulations Zaha!

You've done Hong Kong an icon on a difficult site!
Would love to visit it inside.

C.K. Fung
AA dipl. (Year of 1961)


First students bring Zaha Hadid's Jockey Club Innovation Tower to life in Hong Kong 

A series of glossy images have been released of the Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)-designed Jockey Club Innovation Tower (JCIT) in Hong Kong. Taken by renowned architectural photographer Iwan Baan, the photographs document the new form coming to life as the first students begin taking their lessons.

JCIT brings together the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design and the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation into a single 15,000 sq m, 15-storey unit, fostering collaboration and encouraging students and teachers from different disciplines to brainstorm ideas and learn from one another’s work.

ZHA’s design ‘dissolves the typical typology of the tower/podium into a more fluid composition’, blending these elements together through the integration of internal and external courtyards. These smaller social spaces support the larger array of exhibition forums, studios, theatre and official recreational facilities.

The Hong Kong office of Arup conducted the engineering on the project. An engineering statement released by Arup reads: “The façade is one of the key elements of this building. Weekly design workshops were often focused on the verification of design information provided by the architects against BIM information built from the onsite surveying of the structural elements, building services and façade structures.”

The structural engineering of JCIT included the tower overhanging a footpath and the raked elevation on the north of the site, with foundations not permitted within the path. In response, Arup designed the superstructure to use three main cores and beam-column frames for lateral load and eccentric tower loads. Raking columns are used in some areas to handle loads from tilting. Discrete transfer beams have been used on the third floor to free up the lower two levels as much as possible.


Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid; Patrik Schumacher
Project Director: Woody K.T. Yao
Project Leader: Simon K.M. Yu
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
Competition Team: Hinki Kwong; Melodie Leung; Long Jiang; Zhenjiang Guo; Yang Jingwen; Miron Mutyaba; Pavlos Xanthopoulus; Margarita Yordanova Valova
Local Architect: AGC Design Ltd (Hong Kong); AD+RG (Competion Stage)
Geotechnical / Structure / MEP / Façade Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners, Hong Kong Ltd
Landscape: Team 73 Hong Kong Ltd
Acoustic: Westwood Hong & Associates Ltd
Quantity Surveyor: Rider Levett Bucknall Ltd
General Contractor: Shui On Construction Company Ltd., Hong Kong
Façade Contractor: YKK AP Facade Hong Kong LTD / Beijing Jangho Curtain Wall Co. Ltd.

Key Facts

Client The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Campus Development Office)
Status Completed
Value 0(m€)
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