This could be Hong Kong if the designers at Studio CTC have their way. Emerging above the existing skyline is a new concept for skyscrapers that drastically differs from the typical rectangular and recent spire form of many. The Mexican firm designed two jagged, curvilinear forms that is supposed to symbolize the “the schism between Hong Kong’s cultural history, and the contemporary architecture being built in the city.” (via ArchDaily)
The new concept is established to buck the skyscraper stereotype, representing a form that organically grows out of the ground akin to rice paddies (a China crop) and China’s rock formation. The two towers are connected via trusses, some of which doubling as pedestrian bridges in what is the harmonious element of the concept. I especially resonate with this idea both spiritually and aesthetically — the clear highlight of the exterior form that I am otherwise lukewarm about. This added communal feel is meant to also connect residential units to other residential and commercial units and add another way of travel besides a direct vertical elevator, for example.
Unfortunately, there are no solid plans to construct these skyscrapers, though Studio CTC intends “to break the canons and predefined stereotypes in the design of skyscrapers.” At the very least, they’re successful in reimagining skyscrapers in relation to the existing culture and landscape and simply pushing the envelope forward. I hope this concept can directly inspire the next concept and eventually make its way into the built world.
Above is a breathtaking new video highlighting living legend Zaha Hadid’s latest work in Hong Kong: the Jockey Club Innovation Tower.
The JCIT is Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s (PolyU) School of Design, and the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation. It naturally serves as a breeding ground for curious design minds and it’s only right that those minds get enriched in a place of good design. I’ve become more of a fan of Hadid’s extravagant and abstract forms in the past year and the JCIT keeps the fandom increasing. The building’s exterior curves are beautiful and immediately ignite a flow that I feel is contagious after watching the video. The paths that the architecture point students toward in the interior already give me an extraordinary feeling so I can only imagine what it’s like to work there.
As any fan of, most notably, Apple’s clean white design will likely agree, the use of white in the interior of JCIT is wonderful. It is the perfect, inviting color for architecture that’s otherwise outlandish — a great balance shall I say. Case in point: this may be the most beautiful escalator space I have ever seen.
More photos can be viewed below via a myriad of sources: Doublespace, Virgile Simon Bertrand, Iwan Baan, and ArchDaily (which has more specifics on the building that opened this year.) One more gorgeous feature worth noting: the soccer field beneath the tower. That surrounding feeling is likely a comforting one akin to DePaul’s home soccer field right beneath the “El” train here in Chicago.