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Morpheus named Building of the Year

Morpheus Hotel, Macau has been named ArchDaily’s Building of the Year’ (BOTY) in the hospitality / commercial category. In the 10th year of the award, more than 80,000 votes were cast by ArchDaily readers over the past two weeks.

Listed by TIME Magazine as one of the ‘World’s Greatest Places’, Morpheus combines dramatic public spaces and generous guest rooms with innovative engineering and formal cohesion.

ZHA created the Morpheus as a vertical extrusion of site’s existing abandoned foundations; using this rectangular footprint to define a 40-storey building of two internal vertical circulation cores connected at podium and roof levels where the many guest amenities were required. Three horizontal vortices generate the voids through the atrium and define the hotel’s spectacular interior public spaces. In-between these voids, a series of bridges create unique spaces for the restaurants, bars and guest lounges.

Working with Buro Happold Engineering, ZHA designed the building’s structure to optimise the hotel’s interiors. The world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton, its rich pattern of structural members at lower levels progresses upwards to a less dense grid of lighter members at its summit.

Viviana Muscettola, ZHA’s project director said, “The expertise of all members of the Morpheus team has created new possibilities for architecture. The comprehensive parametric model combined all of the hotel’s aesthetic, structural and fabrication requirements and will radically change how our built environment is planned and constructed.”

Lawrence Ho, chairman and CEO of Melco Resorts explains, “From the very beginning, we shared ZHA’s vision and determination to push boundaries. Morpheus offers a journey of the imagination. From the curved exterior to the dramatic interior spaces, it pleases the eye and excites the senses: a contemporary masterpiece to be enjoyed by many generations to come.

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Photography courtesy City of Dreams