Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a remarkable cube-shaped building in Dubai, the “Opus,” which is situated in the city’s storied Burj Khalifa district. Standing at 84,345 square meters, the structure is comprised of two separate towers that are linked by a ground-level atrium and an above-ground bridge in order to form a “carved”-out aesthetic.
The building has been seven years in the making, and is comprised of 20 floors above ground and seven floors below. It is distinguished by its central open space that allows for exterior views from the middle of the venue and starkly contrasts with the geometric formation of the cube. On the inside, the structure will house the forthcoming ME by Melia Dubai hotel, which will feature a futuristic floor plan inclusive of 12 restaurants, a rooftop bar and 56,000 square feet of office space.
“The design conveys the remarkably inventive quality of ZHA’s work; expressing a sculptural sensibility that reinvents the balance between solid and void, opaque and transparent, interior and exterior,” said Mahdi Amjad, Executive Chairman and CEO of the project’s developer, Omniyat.
ME by Melia Dubai is expected to officially open in the near future, though an official date has not been set.
For more in design, take a look inside the reopened Pavilion Le Corbusier in Zürich.
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The Opus in Dubai is one of four projects by #ZahaHadidArchitects shortlisted for @WorldArchFest #WAF19 Awards. . Located within Burj Khalifa district of #Dubai, the Opus is designed as two separate towers that coalesce into a singular whole—taking the form of a cube. The cube is then ‘carved’, creating a central void that is an important volume within the building in its own right—providing views to the exterior from the centre of the building. These two towers are linked by a four-storey atrium at ground level and also connected by an asymmetric 38 metre wide, three-storey bridge that is 71 metres above the ground. The free-formed fluidity of the Opus’ eight-storey void contrasts with the precise orthogonal geometry of its surrounding cube. . “The design conveys the remarkably inventive quality of ZHA’s work; expressing a sculptural sensibility that reinvents the balance between solid and void, opaque and transparent, interior and exterior,” explained Mahdi Amjad, Executive Chairman and CEO of the developer @OmniyatOfficial. . With interiors currently being installed for the ‘ME by Melia’ Dubai hotel that will soon welcome its first guests, the Opus will house 12 restaurants, rooftop bar and 56,000 sq. ft. of office space. Operated by Melia Hotels International, one of the world’s leading hoteliers with more than 350 hotels in 39 countries, @ME_by_Melia hotels are defined by their progressive, design-driven approach. . “You always expect to be surprised by ZHA’s designs, but the Opus for ‘ME by Melia’ Dubai goes beyond what we could ever have anticipated. There’s no doubt that ME Dubai will raise the bar for Dubai’s hotels. We are proud to have this amazing project in our portfolio,” said Gabriel Escarrer, Vice Chairman and CEO, Meliá Hotels International at the announcement of ME Dubai. . Photos @LaurianGhinitoiu .