Opus wins Rethinking The Future Awards 2021

Opus in Dubai has been named winner at the Rethinking The
Future Awards 2021, in the ‘Mixed Use’ category. Rethinking The Future Awards
is an annual architecture award program which aims to promote outstanding work
in the field of Architecture and Design across the world.

Opus has also been been
named finalist as ‘Hotel Design of the Year’ at the INDEX Design Awards 2021.
Celebrating innovative interiors projects and the people behind them, the INDEX
Design Awards at the Middle East Design & Hospitality Week brings the
regional design community together to celebrate the most creative and effective
work delivered during 2020.

Exploring the balance between solid and void, opaque and
transparent, interior and exterior, the Opus 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 38 metre wide, three-storey bridge 71 metres above
the ground.

“The precise orthogonal geometries of the Opus’ elemental
glass cube contrast dramatically with the fluidity of the eight-storey void at
its centre,” explained Passas.

The cube’s double-glazed insulating facades incorporate a UV
coating and a mirrored frit pattern to reduce solar gain. Applied around the
entire building, this dotted frit patterning emphasizes the clarity of the
building’s orthogonal form, while at the same time, dissolving its volume
through the continuous play of light varying between ever-changing reflections
and transparency.

The void’s 6,000 square metre facade 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. This curved facade was designed using digital 3D
modelling that also identified specific zones which required tempered glass.

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, including the ‘Petalinas’ sofas and ‘Ottomans’ pods in the lobby that
are fabricated from materials ensuring a long lifecycle and its components can
be recycled. The ‘Opus’ beds in each bedroom while the ‘Work & Play’
combination sofa with desk are installed in the suites. The hotel’s bedrooms
also incorporate the ‘Vitae’ bathroom collection, designed by Hadid in 2015 for
Noken Porcelanosa, continuing her fluid architectural language throughout the
hotel’s interiors.

The ME Dubai hotel incorporates 74 rooms and 19 suites,
while the Opus building also houses offices floors, serviced residences and
restaurants, cafes and bars including ROKA, the contemporary Japanese
Robatayaki restaurant and the MAINE Land Brasserie.

Sensors throughout the Opus automatically adjust the
ventilation and lighting according to occupancy to conserve energy while ME
Dubai follows Melia Hotels International initiatives for sustainable practices.
Hotel guests will receive stainless-steel water bottles to use during their
stay with drinking water dispensers installed throughout the hotel. With no
plastic bottles in guest rooms and a program to become entirely plastic free in
all areas, the hotel is also reducing food waste by not serving buffets and has
composters to recycle discarded organics.

The Future Awards 2021

INDEX Design Awards 2021 Finalists

Photograph by Laurian Ghinitoiu

Source: zaha hadid

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