When the capital city of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai, is uttered from the lips of people everywhere, the very first thing fist word that we associate with it is ‘opulence’. One-off special edition supercars dominating the city streets, vending machines that dispense pure gold bars, helicopters as Uber rides, and of course, plenty of duty-free shopping to do for days on end.
Additionally, Dubai is also home to the tallest building in the world: the Burj Khalifa. Still standing 2,716.5 feet with over 160 floors with architect or builder brave enough to take the crown away from them. And located just a few miles down the road is OPUS, the new hotel on the block that definitely takes the architectural cake away from the world’s tallest building and sets its sights on becoming the next shining jewel of Dubai!
Aptly named OPUS by ME Dubai, it is the magnus opus by the late and great architect of our generation, Zaha Hadid and completed construction in 2020 by her architecture firm, Zaha Hadid Architects. OPUS is a groundbreaking and cutting-edge design of glass, stainless steel and marble that takes on a form of a cube. The hotel makes up a total of over 84,345 square meters and stands at the height of 27 floors: 20 above ground and 7 more underground.
But what truly makes OPUS stand out from the rest of the hotels in the architecture design game is how the exterior of the establishment looks. Though the basic shape of the hotel is nothing but a simple cube of glass in nature, the abstract design carves out a huge portion of the cube and creates a cavity where guests can peer into and passing pedestrians can gaze through.
In addition to that, sustainability and energy consumption concerns have been taken into careful consideration. Every glass panel both curved and flat are a coated with a special UV glazing and made up of several insulating panels that reduces solar gain and consistently regulating the indoor temperature. Inside the cavity also features a dynamic light installation of individually-controllable LED bulbs built within each glass panel that lights up at night.
The interior of the hotel takes a completely abstract path in its décor and design language as well. Also forsaking uniformity like the exterior façade and showing favor to abstract concepts instead. Every item of furniture, amenity, and hotel room is absent from a consistent straight line that evokes a feeling in the guests that they are living in a space shuttle.
The next time you are visiting the world’s very own capital of opulence and luxury, make ME Dubai your ideal place to rest your weary head after a long flight with no layovers here!