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Opus Hotel & Serviced Apartments - Interiors

  • Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • 2013 – TBC
  • Omniyat properties / ME by Melia
  • Competition / Research
  • 13,160m², 5-Star Boutique Hotel & F&B, 16,000m², 96 Luxury Serviced Apartmentsm2
  • 21 Levels
  • Width: 100m
  • Depth: 67m
  • Height: 93m

One of several unique buildings specified as part of masterplan concept for Dubai, The Opus comprises two structures, conceived as a single cube eroded by a free-form void, which appears to ‘hover’ above ground-level. A pixilated reflective façade renders the cube full by day; by night, it ‘dematerializes’ as light floods the void.

The Opus is one of several unique buildings specified as a part of a masterplan concept for Dubai – each connected to the other by a series of low rise podia and streets to create a new business bay for the city.

The Opus occupies a prominent position within this area – rising from two plots, interlinked by a unifying low-level podium structure, and surrounded on four sides by a covered walkway which provides continuity of pedestrian access.

The Opus comprises two structures – conceived as a united mass, taking the form of a ‘cube’, structured by a conventional system of slabs stacked vertically and serviced by central cores. The cube is eroded by a free-form void, treated as a volume in its own right, which cuts through the structure’s outer edges and appears to extend beyond its boundaries.

Within the building, ground floor space is developed as a transparent open field with multiple interlays of the different pathways, which are drawn into the interior of the plan areas within the two separate lobbies.  Each lobby opens out to the four sides of the plot, maximizing the accessibility of the building from the ground level.  A traffic artery is diverted under the building to provide full car access and easy drop-off areas. Ground level retail areas are organized in two zones, forming an outer ring which is accessible from the outside.

Reflective pixelated striations are applied on to the glass facade to provide a degree of reflectivity and materiality to the cube. While the cube appears full in day time and the void as empty, the night time perception would be one of opposites, where the cube appears dark and dematerialized, while the void could be activated with light, visible form a great distance.




Zaha Hadid with Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Christos Passos

Project Architect

Reza Esmaeeli, Hotel ID Team

Bozana Komljenovic, Serviced Apartments (DD Stage)
Spyridon Kaprinis, Serviced Apartments (SD Stage)
Thomas Frings Serviced Apartments (Concept stage)

Package Architects/Designers

Eider F Eibar, Lead Architect
Dimitris Kolonis, Lead Architect
Stella Nikolakaki, Lead Architect
Chrysi Fradellou, Senior Architect
Raul Forsoni, Senior Architect
Eleni Mente, Landscape Architect

Interior design team

Emily Rohrer (Lead)
Laura Micalizzi,
Jade Fung

Design Team

Demetris Alexiou, Elina Chatzichronoglou, Alexandra Fisher, Veronika Ilniskaya, Saleem A Jalil, Zetta Kotsioni, Carlos Luna, Sofia Papageorgiou, Bruno Pereira, Konstantinos Psomas, Hendrik Rupp, Paola Salcedo, Ai Sato, Christos Sazos, Melhem Sfeir, Nicos Yiatros, Daniel Zakharyan

Hotel Operator

Melia Hotels International

Project Management

Gleeds (London, UK)

Structural Engineer

Shepherd Gilmour

MEP Engineer

Clarke Samadhin Associates


Roger Preston Dynamics (London, UK)

Fire Consultant

Design Confidence

Main Contractor

Nasa / Multiplex



Security Consultant

Control Risks


PMK International

Vertical Transportation

Lerch Bates Inc

Kitchen Consultant

Michael Chabowski Technical Services

Cost Consultant

Hepher Quantity Surveying

Traffic Consultant

Alturath Engineering Consultant