Zaha Hadid, Hotel Opus ME


The firm founded in London by the late Zaha Hadid and now headed by Patrik Schumacher has in the skyscraper district of Dubai just completed Hotel Opus ME, one of those buildings whose hollows perhaps cost more than their solid parts. Contorted to the point of producing oneiric framings of the surroundings, the construction is formed by two masses connected by a four-height atrium and an asymmetrical bridge 38 meters wide, suspended at an altitude of 71. This structural tour de force is accompanied by an overwhelming outburst of style, one which in the exterior may translate into a gorgeous outpouring of reflections on the glass envelope, but indoors gives rise to disturbingly curving spaces as well as finishes of astonishing quality, of the kind we have grown accustomed to finding in the efficient ‘parametricism’ that is a signature of Zaha Hadid Architects.

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