Touching the Void

Touching the Void

The Zaha Hadid designed Opus in Dubai leaves Style for Miles struggling for superlatives

Dubai loves its skyscrapers. So much, in fact, they’ve made many of them from the same plans.

However, there are exceptions. And in this particular case, something truly exceptional.

Opened in March this year, the Opus is an extraordinary creation from legendary architect *Zaha Hadid. Incorporating offices, serviced apartments and restaurants, it also features the only interior designed by Hadid, that of the futuristic ME Hotel, which houses 74 bedrooms and 19 suites.

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Set in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa district, also home to the world’s tallest building (830m in case you asked), the Opus’ exterior is a fluid, formless design that from certain angles appears as a vast cube with a void punched through it.

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In reality, two towers are connected by a three-story bridge starting 71 meters above the ground and lit up at night by a constellation of lights, each individually controllable, set into the undulating glass.

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"The precise orthogonal geometries of the Opus' elemental glass cube contrast dramatically with the fluidity of the eight-storey void at its centre," explained Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) project director Christos Passas.

In layman’s terms it’s simply a testament to the power of stunning design.



* Known as the ‘Queen of the Curve’, Iraqi-British Zaha Hadid was the first woman to receive the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize and the Royal Gold Medal by the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Born in Baghdad in 1950, Hadid studied mathematics at the American University of Beirut before starting her architectural journey in 1972 at the Architectural Association in London.

Her famed works are spread across the globe, from Germany and Spain to the US, China and beyond. She died aged 65 in 2016.

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