Although at first glance, it may remind you of a retro spaceship (maybe something from an old video game?), the Hong Kong Design Institute’s campus was built with modern concepts of interaction and cross-pollination in mind.
The campus contains cutting edge fabrication facilities and workshops. Completed in 2011, it is approximately 45,000 square feet. Students at the Hong Kong Design Institute can enter degree programs in a wide variety of arts-related fields such as Architecture, Fashion Design, Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Photography.
France-based architects, Coldefy & Associates, were chosen out of 162 international proposals. The top, flat portion of the building or “sky city” is a place where students can meet, interact, and inspire each other. The four towers, or “legs of education” house teaching spaces. The design also makes the school accessible to the public with an open space at the ground level. This space encourages interaction and the exchange of ideas.
Despite its unusual appearance, the Hong Kong Design Institute symbolizes an inspiring vision that unifies a diverse group to create stronger ideas and people. Hopefully, more and more architects follow this model.