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Zaha Hadid Architects : ME Dubaï Hotel

Located in the Burj Khalifa district of Dubai (United Arab Emirates), the Opus building, designed in 2007 by Zaha Hadid, recently housed the last hotel in the "ME by Melia" chain. Signed entirely by the Iraqi-British architect, the establishment pays tribute to the particular style of this great lady of architecture, who disappeared in 2016, four years after the start of work.

It is only in Dubai that such a complex could see the light of day. Composed of two towers merged by a bridge culminating at 71 meters high, the building of 84 square meters is characterized by its central cube, largely hollow, punctuated by undulations defying the laws of physics. Thanks to an anti-UV coating and a dotted pattern, the facade has fun with the sun's rays and city lights while reducing the air conditioning needs of such a building. The complex brings together private apartments, commercial premises, two restaurants and a new hotel, also designed by Zaha Hadid: the ME Dubai Hotel.

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The entrance to the five-star establishment is in a four-story atrium with impressive volumes. The marble floor embellished with sculptural furniture is dominated here by a succession of voluptuous balconies underlined by bright openings. Visitors take their places on the famous "Petalinas" sofas and the "Ottoman" pods, available here in luxurious shades ranging from purple to golden. In the 74 rooms and 19 suites that make up the hotel, hybrid “Work & Play” furniture and custom-made hanging beds decorate the sleeping areas. In terms of bathrooms, the London cabinet pays tribute once again to the figure of Zaha Hadid by reinterpreting the "Vitae" collection that the architect had imagined in 2015 for the Norken Porcelanosa brand.

Barely inaugurated, the ME Dubai Hotel is already on the way to becoming iconic.

To learn more, visit Zaha Hadid Architects website

Photographs: Laurian Ghinitoiu

Zoe Térouinard

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