Online Exhibition by the Hong Kong Design Institute Explores Zaha Hadid Architects’ Vertical Urbanism

The HKDI Gallery, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education and Hong Kong Design Institute (HKDI) present “Zaha Hadid Architects: Vertical Urbanism” as part of the ‘Essence of Design” programme. This online exhibition showcases ZHA’s innovative architecture through a display of technical drawing, computer-generated visualizations and architectural models. Visitors can now explore ZHA’s world online, giving them a glimpse into the history of their formative projects.

This exhibition showcases the ongoing research of the office and the many approaches used during the development and maintenance of sustainable, vibrant community-driven projects in dense urban environments. The exhibition is organized around three themes that represent ZHA’s work. These include ZHA’s most significant projects in the region, as well as the Computation & Design research group ( ZHACODE).

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The exhibition opens with a display by Zaha Hadid of her work in Hong Kong. This includes the The Peak club (1982-1983), which was considered Hadid’s breakthrough project and a landmark intervention to Hong Kong’s skyline. This project attracted global attention and gave a glimpse into the architect’s ideas and methods. They ranged from pushing the boundaries of structures to fluid forms and integrating public spaces within dense urban environments. ZHA has been developing vertical urban projects over the past decade that go beyond traditional tower design to improve urbanism in 21st-century cities. Patrik Schumacher is the principal of ZHA. The exhibition explores five key components of 21st-century tower design: Density (Atria + Bridges), Facade, Ground Interface and Sustainability.

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ZHACODE is a collaboration program that works with top scientific institutions to explore innovations in robotics and artificial intelligence. It also focuses on digital fabrication and digital manufacturing. This allows for a deeper understanding of local supply chains, materials and craftsmanship. This program develops new design strategies using cutting-edge construction technologies in order to make each project as sustainable as possible.

Courtesy of Hong Kong Design Institute
Courtesy of Hong Kong Design Institute
Courtesy of Hong Kong Design Institute
Courtesy of Hong Kong Design Institute

Zaha Hadid, a pioneer in modern architecture and design, was an inspiration. This exhibition is a celebration of the genius of ZHA and demonstrates the depth of experience of one the most well-respected architecture firms in the world. This exhibition is intended to provide students and the general public with a glimpse into the vision of one the most influential architects of our times. — Dr Lay Lian ONG Principal of HKDI & IVE, Lee Wai Lee

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A lecture by Patrik Schumacher and industry panel discussions will be offered online as part of the extensive exhibition programme. These talks will explore the exhibition’s themes.

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