ME Dubai, the new Meliá Hotel in Dubai, in the Burj Khalifa district, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
Opus is a futuristic building in Dubai designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, which houses offices, restaurants, a rooftop bar and the new ME Dubai Hotel, of the Spanish chain Meliá. Opus consists of two independent towers connected by a four-story atrium and a three-story asymmetrical bridge 71 meters above the ground. The two towers thus merge into a single cubic volume, characterized by a large, fluid, and organic empty space contrasting with the orthogonal geometry of the envelope.
An expansive lobby and a large reception area welcome guests, who can also enjoy a spa with a fitness and wellness center, a restaurant and a rooftop bar by the pool. Several meeting and event rooms are also available to business guests. The lights of the atrium, set in corrugated glass, are individually dimmable.
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In the atrium, gleaming white marble floors contrast with the golden edges of the seating areas, upholstered in burgundy velvet. These large sofas are called Ottomans and are by Zaha Hadid Design.
The ME Dubai Hotel has 74 bedrooms and 19 deluxe suites offering breathtaking views of Dubai. The very spacious and bright environments are very comfortable and equipped with the latest technology. Even furnishings are by Zaha Hadid Design; the beds are characterized by striking headboards and bases with a recognizable design. The colors of the interiors are inspired by the desert, both for the light tones of the day and the deep darkness of the moonless nights.
Bathrooms, in dark marble or gleaming white, have washbasins and showers from the Vitae collection (2015) by Zaha Hadid for Porcelanosa. [Text Arianna Callocchia – Photo: courtesy of ME Dubai by Meliá, Zaha Hadid Architects, Laurian Ghinitoiu]