World-renowned architect Zaha Hadid has been appointed by Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) to design its new Innovation Tower.

Construction of the tower, which will house the university’s School of Design, will begin in 2009, with completion slated for 2011.

The tower will offer 12,000m² of floor space and will be able to accommodate 1,800 students and staff along with teaching and support facilities.

Chairman of PolyU council Victor Lo Chung-wing told local press that the tower will serve as a driving force in the development of Hong Kong as a design hub in Asia.

The tower will be Hadid’s first permanent architectural work in Hong Kong.

A ten-member selection panel assessed 48 local and overseas architect firms before shortlisting five submissions.

By staff writer