Innovation Tower by Zaha Hadid
photographed by Edmon Leong

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Here's an exclusive set of images showing the inside of Zaha Hadid's Innovation Tower at the Polytechnic University in Hong Kong, sent to us by photographer Edmon Leong (+ slideshow).

Innovation Tower by Zaha Hadid
Exterior image

Hong Kong-based architecture photographer Edmon Leong captured the images as some levels of the building were still being completed and faculty staff and students were moving in.

Innovation Tower by Zaha Hadid
Exterior image

The building is now partly in use, with some floors still under construction.

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Escalators in main entrance

Leong describes his journey round the building: "The first thing I saw were escalators... I was limited to angles since the entrance was heavily decorated with gold celebration balloons and student installations to mark its opening."

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Escalators

Leong also took some shots standing at the top of the escalators in the main entrance looking downwards.

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Side view of escalator

"The rest of the space feels more like a museum than a university. You can see the design's similarity to the Guangzhou Opera House but on a smaller scale," he added.

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Side view of escalator

Walking around the third floor, Leong described how you encounter a small atrium on one side and a large lecture theatre.

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Roof in main entrance

"On the other side of the third floor you will find a larger atrium and this looks up to the ninth floor," he said.

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Top of the main entrance escalator

"The atrium looks pretty amazing, just next to it you find a staircase leading up to the ninth floor while floors four to nine are still under construction."

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Top of the main entrance escalator

Leong took a lift from the third to the ninth floor. He captured the unfinished space there and walking into a classroom with a view of the surrounding campus.

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Top of the escalator

"I wish I'd had a space like this when I attended university," he said.

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Small third floor atrium

"Many areas are still unfinished and I can't wait to go back and finish photographing it at my own pace."

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Small third floor atrium

He described the exterior and how he felt that it morphs into three different buildings.

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Small third floor atrium

"It looks completely different from various angles and sticks out amongst the landscape filled with box shaped buildings," he said.

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Lecture theatre

"Hong Kong needs more buildings like these because its such a modern metropolis."

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Lecture theatre

Zaha Hadid Architects were commissioned to complete the 76-metre high building in 2008.

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Lecture theatre

Planned as the university's design school, the building is close to Hung Hom station in Kowloon.

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Large atrium

The leaning tower will provide a space for more than 1500 university students.

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Large atrium

We published a story on the Innovation Tower with a series of exterior image by Edmon Leong a few months ago.

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Staircase

More Zaha Hadid projects include the Serpentine Sackler Gallery that opened in London last week, images of a boutique chain interior for American shoe designer Stuart Weitzman and the forthcoming design for the National Stadium of Japan.

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View from staircase to third floor

See more Zaha Hadid projects »

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Classroom

All images are copyright Edmon Leong and used with permission.

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Exterior image
  • zahahaha

    Is Dezeen owned by ZHA?

    • Steeevyo

      Marcus Fairs wrote a blog for her Design Museum exhibition in 2007.

  • Breadcrumbtrail

    I drove past this building recently and was really impressed. It makes a great statement against the corporate architecture that dominates Hong Kong and I’m tempted to say that this is the firms most beautiful building in years.

    It’s great to see a blend of Hadid’s early constructivist inspirations and the fluid curves of the firms recent output. Let’s hope that this ‘works’ as an educational building and that it encourages a new phase of innovative building in Hong Kong.

  • Samantha Goh

    LOL, throw some random ribbons around a building and call it “innovation”?

  • JMA

    Some of those interior shots look amazing.

    • Prole

      Especially the exposed services…

  • George

    Great, but you have to realise how expensive it is to build her work. Both design and cost, go hand in hand!

  • grant

    Well this is interesting, praising a building for its design with a caveat, hoping it fulfills its functional requirements. Shouldn’t that be the minimum requirement for good design? Correct me if i’m wrong but solving the problem the client brings you is sort of important.

  • W Derham

    It has more skeletal properties than soul.

  • Steven Ma

    This photographer captured the worst angle of all exterior.

  • toby

    And all interiors too.