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"City of Dreams" Hotel Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects

"City of Dreams" Hotel Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects
"City of Dreams" Hotel Tower / Zaha Hadid Architects, North Elevation. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited
North Elevation. Image © Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited

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

  • 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


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/>
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15 Comments

Fung McCrap · January 26, 2015

Will this never stop ..........

Trung Kn · January 08, 2015

it's beautiful. I see the facade may be transformed from Arc de Triomphe (Paris) lol

Michael Hierner · October 15, 2014

it's interesting: on one side i think such buildings are like alien architecture and therefore they impress me. on the other side they go quite far and risk being perceived as a brutalist monstrosity. my problem: the exoskelleton structure on the building doesn't look beautiful. it looks like a parcel that is wrapped up, and that is dull.

Quentin · April 15, 2014

i am very sad to see how Zaha`s offices are going down in a Asian projects...

Hader Aziz · April 13, 2014

She simply doesn't care anymore.

gonzalo · April 01, 2014

please…STOP! what a monstrosity!

eleven cheng · April 01, 2014

WTF

JW · March 31, 2014

WTF

Piyawee Tarasombat · March 31, 2014

Such a tragic to have just watched the TEDtalk of Francis Kéré about his contributing, humble work to his community just a minute ago and had a sight of this, well, junk.

alex · April 15, 2014 11:06 AM

thanks for the recommendation!

Diego · March 31, 2014

disgusting!!!!!!

Martin Chen · March 29, 2014

just personally don't like this one, I think Zaha Hadid can do a better job than this

Marco Buonocore · March 29, 2014

It would have been interesting to make the vertical courtyard livable like in many MVRDV projects. But yes, trademark is more important.

xinyue ma · March 29, 2014

ewe...

C · March 29, 2014

Pretty ugly... and definitely too expensive.

Axio · March 28, 2014

Curious if the exoskeletal mesh will have any structural capabilities besides holding itself up. Whether it'll actually serve as part of the buildings structural system or simply be pretty garnish on the exterior will be seen.

MacauCyr · September 14, 2014 04:47 PM

The exoskeleton (external steel structure) is entirely structural and support both the internal composite slabs and the facade.

Perry May · March 29, 2014 01:45 AM

My best guess is that the web like mesh provides significant lateral reinforcement but carries little or no load to the ground.

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