Opus By Zaha Hadid Architects Explores the Balance Between Solid and Void

Zaha Hadid Architects

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The design was presented by Zaha Hadid in 2007 and is the only hotel in which she created both its architecture and interiors. 

Photo by Laurian Ghinitoiu

Home to the new ME Dubai hotel, the Opus is located in the Burj Khalifa district adjacent to Downtown Dubai and Business Bay on the Dubai Water Canal. 

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Spanning 84,300 square meters, the Opus was designed as two separate towers that coalesce into a singular whole—taking the form of a cube. 

Furniture by Zaha Hadid Design is installed throughout the hotel

The ‘Petalinas’ sofas and ‘Ottomans’ pods in the lobby are fabricated from materials ensuring a long lifecycle and its components can be recycled.

Photo by Laurian Ghinitoiu

The cube has been ‘eroded’ in its center, creating a free-form void that is an important volume of the design in its own right. 

The two halves of the building on either side of the void are linked by a four-story atrium at ground level, The cube’s double-glazed insulating façades incorporate a UV coating and a mirrored frit pattern to reduce solar gain. 

Photo by Laurian Ghinitoiu

The void’s 6,000 square metre façade is created from 4,300 individual units of flat, single-curved or double-curved glass. 

Photo by Laurian Ghinitoiu

This curved façade was designed using digital 3D modelling that also identified specific zones which required tempered glass. 

During the day, the cube’s façade reflects the sky, the sun and the surrounding city; whilst at night, the void is illuminated by a dynamic light installation of individually controllable LEDs within each glass panel. 

Project info:

Location: Dubai, UAE
Typology: Commercial
Usage: Hotel
Area: 84,345m²
Completion Date: 2020
Client: Omniyat Properties

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