Zaha Hadid Designs “City of Dreams” Hotel Tower in Macau

North Elevation. Image © ; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited

Zaha Hadid Architects has designed a 40-story luxury hotel for ’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

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

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
Year: 2017
Photographs: Zaha Hadid Architects; 2014 Melco Crown Entertainment Limited

Cite: Rosenfield, Karissa. "Zaha Hadid Designs “City of Dreams” Hotel Tower in Macau" 12 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • Axio

    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.

    • Perry May

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

    • MacauCyr

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

  • C

    Pretty ugly… and definitely too expensive.

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  • Marco Buonocore

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

  • Martin Chen

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

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  • Piyawee Tarasombat

    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

      thanks for the recommendation!

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  • gonzalo

    please…STOP! what a monstrosity!

  • Hader Aziz

    She simply doesn’t care anymore.

  • Quentin

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