Zaha Hadid's the only hotel project set for 2018 opening -min
The Opus building by Zaha Hadid is her first ever project in Dubai and more importantly, it is said to be the hotel project personally designed by the legendary designer before her death in 2016. With an organic void right at the heart of the building, it is an architectural wonder made of engineering at its most impressive. Located in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa district, The Opus combines a variety of residences and a design hotel operated by the leading hotelier group ME by Melia Hotels International. ME Dubai is one of the most awaited hotels in their pipeline. The Opus is set to open at the end of 2018.
While the bottom floors will be dedicated to entertainment space with bars and restaurants, the upper floors will be used for office space and serviced residences. The Opus Residences, a limited collection of luxury serviced residences at The Opus, will be furnished with furniture and fixtures exclusively hand-picked by Zaha Hadid. Each apartment going to be an individually crafted art piece.
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. The free-formed fluidity of this eight-storey void contrasts with the precise orthogonal geometry of the surrounding cube.
The two towers are linked by a four-storey atrium at the ground level with a bridge connecting 71 metres above the ground. This three-storey , asymmetric bridge is 38 metres wide. Together with the ME Dubai, the Opus will house 12 restaurants as well as a rooftop bar and 56,000 sq. ft. office space. (Structure description sourced from http://www.zaha-hadid.com)