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Morpheus wins Prix Versailles 2019 regional award

Morpheus at City Of Dreams in Macau has been awarded the Prix Versailles 2019 for Central and Northeast Asia n the Hotels category.

The Prix Versailles celebrates inspiration, progress and inclusion with its mission to transform architecture and design into tools for sustainable ecological, societal and cultural development.

Twelve Prix Versailles World Titles will be selected from the regional winners and announced at the World Finale being held at UNESCO’s headquarters, Paris on 12 September 2019.

Morpheus was designed as a vertical extrusion of the site’s existing abandoned foundations of a tower that did not progress; using this rectangular footprint to define a 40-storey building of two internal vertical circulation cores at podium and roof levels where the many guest amenities were required.

Three horizontal vortices generate the voids through the central 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 by renowned chefs including Alain Ducasse & Pierre Herme.

Working with BuroHappold Engineering, Zaha Hadid Architects 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.

TIME Magazine listed Morpheus Hotel as one of the World’s Greatest Places based on key factors, including quality, originality, innovation, sustainability and influence. Morpheus was also voted ArchDaily’s Building of the Year’ (BOTY) in the hospitality / commercial category while Popular Science Magazine included the hotel in their list ‘Best of What New’.

Prix Versailles 2019 Regional Award winners

Photograph by Virgile Simon Betrand