By Nick Ames
Stalled project set to complete in 2016; will mark a 'new maturity' for architecture in city, says exec
Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed more details of the Opus hotel and residential project currently under construction in Dubai.
Christos Passas, associate director, said the design marks a “new maturity” for architecture in the city.
The project was first unveiled in 2005 but was put on hold during the economic recession.
However, it is now underway and a completion date of late 2016 has been scheduled.
The 93m Opus Tower in Business Bay features a distinctive design that sees a gap, called the void, through the middle of the structure allowing views of the surrounding area from each side.
“The Opus design has stood the test of time,” said Passas.
“It will be a landmark for Dubai, bringing a new architectural maturity to the city. When it was first proposed the area around Business Bay where it is being built was largely desert. Now it is thriving and we believe this stylistically unique commercial masterpiece will be well known around the world and highlight the city even further.”
The building includes a hotel, dining venues and residential apartments – but its main feature is a central “void”.
“We started off with two towers but fused them and included a central space” said Passas. “This is as important as the building itself - showing presence and absence and light and dark.”
The mixed-use building is set to be the home of the first ME by Melia hotel in the Middle East.
Its design sees two structures supported by a conventional system of slabs stacked vertically, serviced by one concentrated core.
This removes the need for columns, maximising views and the absorption of natural light.