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New name for Zaha’s delayed Hong Kong tower

Zaha Hadid Architects 15,000m2 innovation tower scheme in Hong Kong was officially named the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation following a ceremony today

The 76 metre-tall building – originally scheduled to complete last year but now expected to finish in 2013 – will be Zaha Hadid’s first permanent structure in the Chinese city.

The 15-storey tower is currently under construction and was given its new name in a ceremony today.

The project is backed by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) and received a £20.8 million donation from The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC) Charities Trust.

Hong Kong Jockey Club chair Brian Stevenson said: ‘We believe the Institute will provide a springboard for community education and training; foster student learning and help nurture a new generation of design professionals who are not only innovative but also socially conscious.’

Cees de Bont, professor and dean-designate at PolyU School of Design,  added: ‘The School is home to many internationally-renowned designers, and I am delighted to see the development of Innovation Tower designed by world-renowned architect Zaha Hadid and the establishment of the Design Institute for Social Innovation.

‘The building will definitely become a landmark and strengthen Hong Kong’s status as a design hub, and the Institute will help us chart new course in advocating design for social goods.’

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