In Pictures: Zaha Hadid's The Opus on track
Masterminded by the late architect Zaha Hadid, The Opus mixed-use development in Dubai is shaping up, now in the most interesting ways, after nearly a decade of design and construction work
Architect superstar Zaha Hadid has revealed plans for her first Dubai project – a building which appears to hover over the ground and dematerialise at night. The 93m Opus Tower in Business Bay, which is set to open in 2016, features a distinctive design that has a gap, called the void, through the middle of the structure allowing views of the surrounding area from each side. The mixed-use building – which has been likened by its designers to an ice cube left out in the Dubai sun - is set to be the home of the first ME by Melia hotel in the Middle East. The building seems to dematerialise at night. Its design sees two structures supported by a conventional system of slabs stacked vertically, serviced by one concentrated core. Hadid also designed interiors. There will be a total of 100 apartments in the tower. The bridge for the atrium level will be around 32m wide and will be installed in 7m x 4m sections – each weighing around 10 tonnes. The signature Hadid flowing designs feature in all rooms. The project features futuristic style fittings. The Opus project boasts over 4,300 curved and double-curved glazed panels for the void area alone.