Running until 23 July in the late Zaha Hadid’s Jockey Club Innovation Tower, The Hong Kong Polytechnic is currently hosting it’s annual showcase of student work. Of particular interest for those working in the field of design is the work from students partaking in the Environment and Interior BA Hons programme.
The programme is rooted in the ideas of spatial design, a discipline that is taking off more and more in the current economic and social climate. Students participating in the course find themselves immersed in a dynamic, conceptually explorative and ideas-driven environment that goes above and beyond establishing the praxis of interiority and interior design.
Teaching and learning emphasis is placed on critique, spatial experimentation and material exploration across a range of scales spanning the wider spatial environment, embedding interior design within other spatial design fields including the urban, landscape and architectural domains. In other words, students are encouraged to consider multiple factors in their work and urged to question and discover independently.
“Within the Hong Kong context, interiority is increasingly replacing architecture and is becoming urban in scale and complexity. We regard this positioning to be of paramount importance and encourage students to critically and conceptually extend their understanding beyond their discipline boundaries,” notes Gerhard Bruyns, Year 3 coordinator and assistant professor.
Works featured in the showcase include pieces from each of the four years:
Year 1: Conceptual, artistic and the fusion of both with materials
Year 2: Typologies, program and functional spaces, conceptual basis to design
Year 3: Complex interiors and systems, interiority, hybrid environments
Year 4: Self chosen research based theses
Undergraduate Teaching team:
Gerhard Bruyns (Year 3 coordinator)
Horace Pan (Year 2 coordinator)
Kuo Jze Yi
Manfred Yuen (Year 1 coordinator)
Melissa Cate Christ
Peter Hasdell (Discipline Leader + Year 4 coordinator)