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Morpheus Hotel in Macau is the World's 1st Free-Form Exoskeleton-Bound High-Rise Architectural Composition

13 July 2018

By Natalie White

The 40-story luxury hotel for Macau's premier leisure and entertainment destination known as "City of Dreams," designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, is set to open this summer. Nicknamed the "Icon of the New Macau," it was designed by the late Pritzker Prize-winning architect Dame Zaha Hadid.

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.

"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.

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."

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