innovation tower



Standing 25 stories tall, these twin cylindrical structures ingeniously marry local customs with technical innovation. (The complex serves as the headquarters for the Abu Dhabi Investment Council, an arm of the government.)

Embellishing the glass-and-steel buildings are second skins inspired by mashrabiya, the latticework window coverings often seen in Arabic architecture. Unlike the traditional carved-wood screens, however, these automatically react to the sun—their modular panels of Teflon-coated mesh opening and closing to reduce solar gain and energy consumption while creating shifting geometric motifs.

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Photos: Christian Richters


Jockey Club Innovation Tower

Zaha Hadid Architects have designed The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation. The recently-opened building accommodates more than 1,800 students and staff with areas that include studios, labs and workshops, exhibition areas, classrooms, and more. 

littlewhittal  asked:

Hi there, I hope you're doing well! I really enjoyed your feedback on critical regionalism it made it a better concept to grasp so thank you. I would be interested to hear your view on Zaha Hadid as a deconstructivist architect if you have any? Enjoy your day!

We bunch all architecture after post-mod as deconstructivism, but that is not true. Most of it is contemporary architecture without a label, I prefer to let the historians try to group the eclectic architecture of our times. Zaha Hadid’s artworks seemed to embody the deconstructionist vision but that never true or never fully translated to her built work which in my opinion seems more preoccupied with forms morphing to create new shapes as they combine and divide, not so much the fragmentation of the elements but that is a personal opinion.

Blue Beam, Victoria City Aerial, Berlin, Germany, 1988 Zaha Hadid

The World (89 DEGREES), 1983 Zaha Hadid

Heydar Aliyev Center, Azerbaijan, 2012  Zaha Hadid Architects

Innovation Tower, Hong Kong, 2013  Zaha Hadid Architects