HKDI in the Spotlight

Design Concept

The HKDI campus was designed to provide an open and dynamic environment conducive to learning and innovative exploration. It is equipped with state-of-the-art workshops, galleries, fabrication facilities and a learning resources centre dedicated to creating the most dynamic learning environment for quality design education in the region.

Themed as the White Sheet, the campus design from French architects Coldéfy & Associés, was the award-winning project in the HKDI International Architectural Design Competition in 2006/2007.

The White Sheet is a metaphorical presentation of creativity. It floats in the air and connects all other parts of the campus, expressing the HKDI’s multidisciplinarity and objectives. The radical, light and transparent architectural design encourages reflection on the combination of multiple and opposite situations, allowing each functional element to be read immediately from the exterior.

The entire composition created by interpenetration between the interlinked elements, including the building base, the podium, the “sky city”, the towers and the landscaped roof, defines the Institute as a timeless building, and reveals its objectives to promote synergy, publicity and interactivity. Its enlightening design will stimulate and inspire the minds of future designers.