PolyU Design Annual show 2016

by Sophie Cullen on Jun 30, 2016 in Architecture
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The Hong Kong Polytechnic (PolyU Design School) is currently showcasing the works of student’s from the Environment and Interior BA Hons programme

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.


Year 3 students were asked to create an Invisible City

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.


A range of mediums and technologies are utilised by students throughout the programme

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.


Each student participating in the programme comes from a vastly different background, yet are similar in their passion for learning and desire to explore and design through play

“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.


An excellent example of how the programme suits the current landscape (particularly in Hong Kong), these students have developed furniture that is not only easily assembled, but environmentally responsible too

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


Discipline Leader

Peter Hasdell

Undergraduate Teaching team:

Alvin Yip

Aria Yang

Charles Lai

Gerhard Bruyns (Year 3 coordinator)

Geraldine Borio

Gilles Vanderstocken

Henri Tung

Horace Pan (Year 2 coordinator)

Keith Chan

Kelly Chow

Kevin Lim

Kuo Jze Yi

Manfred Yuen (Year 1 coordinator)

Mark Chan

Melissa Cate Christ

Michael Chan

Patricia Choi

Peter Hasdell (Discipline Leader + Year 4 coordinator)

Sjoerd Hoekstra

Susanne Trumpf

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