Opus is a project developed by Zaha Hadid Architects and currently under construction. Like all the studio’s creations, it’s a very sculptural structure with a unique identity and a memorable and innovative character. Its design pushes the boundaries of architecture as we know it. The Opus building is located in the Burj Khalifa district of Dubai and will house the first ME by Melia hotel in the Middle East along with 12 restaurants, a rooftop bar and over 5000 square meters of office space. It consists of two separate towers which converge at the top and the bottom, forming a central void.
From this side the building looks more like a giant cube with a carved out section at the centerApart from the unique shape, the building is very simple, in tone with the minimalistic aesthetic preferred by the architects
The role of the 8-story void is not just aesthetical but also practical as it allows views of the outdoors from the center of the building. The void has an organic, freeform design which contrasts with the clean and linear outline of the building, emphasizing its sculptural side. The two towers are connected at the bottom by a four-story atrium and at the top by a 3-story bridge. Even in its current stage the building is a unique work of art, like many other Dubai structures.
From this angle, you can clearly distinguish the two towersThe interior will naturally be sumptuous and glamorous, as expectedThe clean geometric shape of the building contrasts with the freeform cut-out at the center
The central void is defined by smooth lines and gentle curvesThe Opus building will have 20 floors above ground and 7 floors belowThe bridge only connects the two towers on one side, leaving the other side openThe primary role of this void is to allow the spaces at the center of the building to enjoy views of the outdoorsthe building will function mainly as a hotel, with a variety of restaurants and office spaces within the premisesA large section of the building will operate as a ME by Melia hotel, the first one in the Middle EastME by Melia has hotels in 39 countries and is famous for its progressive and innovative designs