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Morpheus wins International Award for Façade Engineering Excellence

The Morpheus Hotel at City of Dreams, Macau has won the ‘Innovation’ category at the International Award for Façade Engineering Excellence 2019, organised by the Society of Façade Engineering to acknowledge excellence in façade design and recognise the innovation and development in technical design that has made a significant contribution to the disciplines of façade engineering.

Morpheus was designed as a vertical extrusion of the site’s existing abandoned foundations for a condominium 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 hotel’s 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.

In 2018, 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 category while Popular Science Magazine included the hotel in their list ‘Best of What New’.

Last year, Morpheus was also named a winner of National Geographic's ‘Big Sleep Awards’ 2019 and also received the Prix Versailles 2019 for Central and Northeast Asia.

The International Award for Facade Engineering Excellence 2019 winners

Photograph courtesy City of Dreams