Zaha Hadid's Morpheus Hotel Macau finally opens
[Macau] The City of Dreams' latest hotel offering, the Morpheus, officially opened on June 15. Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) together with Leigh & Orange, the hotel houses 770 guest rooms, suites and sky villas, civic spaces, meeting and event facilities, gaming rooms, restaurants, and spa as well as a rooftop pool.
The complexity of the project and its enabling works required the involvement and co-ordination of eight firms of designers based in five countries
The hotel is the world's first free-form high-rise exoskeleton steel structure. The complexity of the project required the involvement and co-ordination of eight firms of designers based in five countries. The design of the structure was informed by the fluid forms within China's rich traditions of jade carving. “Macau's buildings have previously referenced architecture styles from around the world. Morpheus has evolved from its unique environment and site conditions as a new architecture expressly of this city," said Viviana Muscettola, ZHA’s project director.
Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) was commissioned to build the hotel in 2012. At that time, foundations were already in place for a condominium tower that did not progress. ZHA designed the Morpheus as a simple extrusion of the existing abandoned foundations; using this rectangular footprint to define a 40-storey building of two internal vertical circulation cores connected at podium and roof levels where the many guest amenities were required. The complexity of the project and its enabling works required the involvement and co-ordination of eight firms of designers based in five countries.
Executive Architect, Leigh & Orange (L&O) was tasked with the realisation of this project through its technical knowledge and experience of working in Macau. The scope of work included design and statutory coordination for this multi-disciplinary project, documentation of the hotel tower, international restaurants, retail outlets and retail street, as well as supporting Heart-of-House staff facilities.
"The most challenging aspect of the project was the orchestration of the many different designers, with differing visions all being weaved into a unique building form,” said Ivy Lee, L&O's Managing Director. “We'd like to think of ourselves as the conductor, helping each designer to flourish in their own unique way while still uniting it all – without compromise - into a grand symphony. It was a privilege for us to be part of this amazing team, while creating a true landmark for Macau in the process."