Housing 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 with a design that explores the balance between solid and void, opaque and transparent, interior and exterior.
Spanning 84,300m2 the Opus building was designed as two separate towers that coalesce into a singular whole—taking the form of a cube. The cube has been ‘eroded’ in its centre, 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-storey atrium at ground level and also connected by an asymmetric 38 metre wide, three-storey bridge 71 metres above the ground.
The precise orthogonal geometries of the Opus’ elemental glass cube contrast dramatically with the fluidity of the eight-storey void at its centre.
The cube’s double-glazed insulating facades incorporate a UV coating and a mirrored frit pattern to reduce solar gain. Applied around the entire building, this dotted frit patterning emphasizes the clarity of the building’s orthogonal form, while at the same time, dissolving its volume through the continuous play of light varying between ever-changing reflections and transparency. The void’s 6,000m2 facade is created from 4,300 individual units of flat, single-curved or double-curved glass.
Furniture by Zaha Hadid Design is installed throughout the Opus’ lobby, guest lounges, and bedrooms. The bedrooms also incorporate the Vitae bathroom collection, designed by Hadid in 2015 for Noken Porcelanosa, continuing her fluid architectural language throughout the hotel’s interiors.
The ME Dubai hotel incorporates 74 rooms and 19 suites, while the Opus building also houses offices floors, serviced residences and 12 restaurants, cafes and bars including ROKA, the contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant and the MAINE Land Brasserie.
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher, Christos Passas
ZHA Design Director: Christos Passas
Competition Team: Christos Passas (Lead Designer), Paul Peyrer-Heimstaett, Alvin Huang, Daniel Baerlecken, Gemma Douglas, Saleem Al-Jalil
Design Team (Shell and Core): Vincent Nowak (Project Architect), Dimitris Akritopoulos, Javier Ernesto-Lebie, Paul Peyrer-Heimstaett, Sylvia Georgiadou, Phivos Skroumbelos, Marilena Sophocleous, Chiara Ferrari, Thomas Frings, Jesus Garate, Wenyuan Peng
Base Built Supervision Team: Fabian Hecker (Team Leader), Barbara Bochnak (Team Leader), Tomasz Starczewski, Kwanphil Cho, Bruno Pereira, Dimitris Kolonis
Hotel and Apartment Interior Design Team 1: Reza Esmaeeli, Bozana Komljenovic (Project Leads), Laura Micalizzi, Emily Rohrer (Senior Interior Designers), Veronika Ilinskaya, Eider Fernandez Eibar, Stella Nikolakaki, Bruno Pereira, Raul Forsoni, Thomas Frings, Chrysi Fradellou, Spyridon Kaprinis, Alexandra Fischer, Hendrik Rupp, Vivian Pashiali, Sofia Papageorgiou, Carlos Luna, Christos Sazos, Kwanphil Cho, Andri Shalou, Ben Kikkawa, Melhem Sfeir, Faten el Meri, Eleni Mente (Landscape Designer)
Hotel and Apartment Interior Design Team 2: Alessio Constantino (Project Lead), Sonia Renehan (Senior Interior Designer), Afsoon Es Haghi, Zsuzsanna Barat, Ekaterina Smirnova, Chafic Zerrouki, Nessma Al Ghoussein, Christina Christodoulidou
Bespoke Furniture Team: Maha Kutay (Project Director), Margarita Valova, Reza Esmaeeli, Raul Forsoni, Bruno Pereira, Carine Posner, Filipa Gomes
Project Management: Gleeds [London], Omniyat [Dubai]
Local Architects: Arex Consultants [Dubai], BSBG [Dubai]
Structural Engineers: Whitbybird [London], BG&E [Dubai]
MEP Engineers: Clarke Samadin [Dubai]
Façade Engineers: Whitbybird [London], Agnes Koltay Facades [Dubai]
Lift Consultants: Adam Scott, Roger Preston Dynamics [London], Lerch Bates [Dubai]
Fire Engineering: Safe [London], Design Confidence [Dubai]
Acoustic Consultants: PMK [Dubai]
Traffic Consultants: Cansult Limited [Dubai], Al Tourath [Dubai]
Lighting Consultants: Tim Downey, Isometrix [London], DPA [Dubai], Illuminate [Dubai]
Interior Consultants: HBA [Dubai]
Security Consultants: Control Risks [Dubai]
Kitchen Consultants: MCTS [Dubai], AV Consultants EntireTech [Dubai]
QS Consultants: HQS [Dubai]
Facade Contractors: Brookfield Multiplex [London], Alu-Nasa [Dubai]
Hotel Operator: Melia Hotels