Author: Aoife Moriarty
Pritzker winning architect Zaha Hadid has designed everything from shoes to ski jumps and concert halls to civic buildings. Now the London starchitect’s first ever hotel – set to open in Dubai in 2016 – is due to send even more luxury travellers flocking to the city’s upmarket Burj Khalifa District.
The 250,000sq foot hotel will be housed in The Opus, a striking cube-shaped building designed by Hadid and her team. The focal point of the design, made up of two 21-storey towers, is a free-form void which gives the viewer the illusion that the ‘cube’ is melting, contrasting with its sharp edges.
Although Hadid has designed an entire floor of Madrid’s Hotel Puerta America, this is the first time she has conceived both the exterior and interior for a hotel project. New renderings of ME Dubai’s suites and apartments, recently released by her London office, give us a first look inside and they certainly don’t disappoint.
Hadid’s signature curved edges are in evidence, as are floor-to-ceiling views and a predictably whitewashed colour palette. Dubai visitors looking for a tranquil yet futuristic setting are in for a treat, with high tech rooms that fuse separate elements together seamlessly with a ‘sculptural sensibility’.
Burj Khalifa’s newest offering will also feature Michelin-starred dining, entertainment venues, as well as four penthouses with private roof terraces. At a cost of over AED 2.5 billion and with Hadid’s name attached, it’s yet another Dubai real estate investment that’s sure to pay off.
(Images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects)