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"City of Dreams" Hotel Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a 40-story luxury hotel for Macau’s premier leisure and entertainment destination known as “City of Dreams.” Perceived as a single “sculptural element” united by an exposed exoskeleton mesh structure, the “simple volume” was extruded from its rectangular site as two towers connected at the podium and roof levels, with two organically-shaped bridges punctuating the tower’s center external void. This central void is then celebrated by a 40-meter tall, “grandiose atrium” that greets visitors as they enter the hotel. 

Take a digital tour through the building and into the atrium via a newly released video, after the break...

"The tower’s exposed exoskeleton reinforces the dynamism of the design. Expressive and powerful, this external structure optimizes the interior layouts and envelops the building, further defining its formal composition and establishing relationships with the new Cotai strip," described ZHA in a press release.

Lobby Atrium . Image © Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
Lobby Atrium . Image © Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited

Once complete in early 2017, the hotel will house a retail strip, gaming area and the atrium, which includes the main reception area, lobby bar, and a flexible installation space, on the ground floor, in addition to 780 hotel units, a casino floor, specialty restaurants, a “super lounge,” VIP gaming, top floor villas and a "sky pool."

Facade Detail. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
Facade Detail. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Location: Cotai, Macau
  • Design: Zaha Hadid & Patrik Schumacher
  • Project Directors: Viviana Muscettola, Michele Pasca di Magliano
  • Facade Director : Paolo Matteuzzi
  • Project Architects: Maria Loreto Flores, Clara Martins, Michele Salvi
  • Project Team: Pierandrea Angius, Luis Miguel Samanez, Massimo Napoleoni, Bianca Cheung, Miron Mutyaba, Milind Khade, Stefano Lacopini Davide, Del Giudice Luciano, Letteriello Cyril Manyara, Alvin Triestanto, Muhammed Shameel, Goswin Rothenthal, Santiago Fernandez- Achury
  • Concept Team: Viviana Muscettola, Tiago Correia, Clara Martins, Loreto Flores, Victor Orive, Danilo Arsic, Ines Fontoura, Fabiano Costinanza, Rafael Gonzalez, Muhammed Shameel
  • Developer: Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
  • Consultants Executive Architect: L&O, Hong Kong
  • Local Architect: CAA, Macau
  • Structural Engineering: / Hong Kong
  • M&E Engineering: JRP, Hong Kong; Buro Happold, London (Concept)
  • Facade Engineering: Buro Happold, Hong Kong
  • Interior Designer: Remedios Studio, Long Beach CA
  • Gaming Designer: Friedmutter Group, Las Vegas NV
  • Quantity Surveyor: WTP, Hong Kong
  • Lighting Design: Isometrix, London/ Hong Kong
  • Fire Engineering: Ove Arup, Hong Kong
  • Acoustic Consultant: Shen Milson & Wilke, Hong Kong
  • Traffic Engineer: MVA, Hong Kong
  • Building Contractor: Dragages, Hong Kong
  • Area: 150000.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite:Karissa Rosenfield. ""City of Dreams" Hotel Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects" 12 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/491074/zaha-hadid-designs-city-of-dreams-hotel-tower-in-macau/>