Opus wins Architizer A+ Award

Opus in Dubai has been named winner of Architizer A+ Awards
2021, in the ‘Hotels & Resorts’ category. Now in its 9th year, the
Architizer A+Awards is the largest global architecture awards program
celebrating work from over 80 countries around the world.

Home to the new ME Dubai hotel, the Opus for Omniyat
was designed as two separate towers that coalesce into a singular whole—taking
the form of a cube. The cube has been ‘eroded’ in its centre, creating a
free-form void that is an important volume of the design in its own right. The
two halves of the building on either side of the void are linked by a
four-storey atrium at ground level and also connected by an asymmetric bridge
71 metres above the ground.

The cube’s double-glazed insulating facades incorporate a UV
coating and a mirrored frit pattern to reduce solar gain, while the void is
created from 4,300 individual units of flat, single-curved or double-curved
glass. The high-efficiency glazing units are comprised of 8mm Low-E glass
(coated on the inside), a 16mm cavity between the panes and 2 layers of 6mm
clear glass with a 1.52mm PVB resin laminate.

During the day, the cube’s facade reflects the sky, the sun
and the surrounding city; whilst at night, the void is illuminated by a dynamic
light installation of individually controllable LEDs within each glass panel.

Furniture by Zaha Hadid Design is installed
throughout the hotel, and the hotel’s bedrooms incorporate the ‘Vitae’ bathroom
collection, designed by Hadid in 2015 for Porcelanosa, continuing her
fluid architectural language throughout the hotel’s interiors.

Architizer A+ 2021 winners

Photograph by Laurian Ghinitoiu

Source: zaha hadid

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