The Opus, also known as the ME Dubai, is the last project completed by Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, who passed away in 2016 at the age of 65. It has the distinction of being the only building where the architect designed both the interior and exterior.
Its architecture poses it as a UFO in the Dubai skyline. The ME Dubai, official name: The Opus is a hotel composed of two towers connected by a cube as if levitating above the ground. Reaching 93 meters high (21 floors), it offers a total of some 200,000 m² of living space.
Historically, the Opus is one of the last iconic towers in the Burj Khalifa district. After ten years between the signing of the contract (2007) and the delivery of the project, the requirements have remained the same: an “elegant, minimalist, connected” building, with low carbon emissions, in line with the country’s strategic orientations regarding pollution.
Above all, the building boasts a resolutely futuristic design, highlighted by fluid lines, voluptuous curves, juxtapositions of soft and sharp angles, all enhanced by advanced technology.
But it is still in images that one appreciates best the beauty of the place, for the amateurs…
Let’s remember that Zaha Hadid, through her agency Zaha Hadid Architects, has won a plethora of awards for her work, such as the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2003, or the Pritzker Prize in 2004. Among his most prominent projects are the MAXXI in Rome, the Pavilion-Bridge in Zaragoza, and the Phaeno in Wolfsburg.