Zaha Hadid unveils sculptural hotel
for casino resort in Macau


News: Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled images of a 40-storey hotel with an exposed exoskeleton that is under construction in Macau, China (+ movie).

City of Dreams hotel in Macau by Zaha Hadid

The 780-room hotel was designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for property developer and casino specialist Melco Crown Entertainment. It will be located at the company's flagship City of Dreams resort in Cotai, an area that takes its visual cues from the Las Vegas Strip.

City of Dreams hotel in Macau by Zaha Hadid

Conceived as a monolithic block with a series of voids carved through its centre, the hotel will be encased behind a latticed structure.

It will contain 150,000 square metres of floor space, and will also contain meeting and event facilities, restaurants, a spa and an elevated swimming pool.

City of Dreams hotel in Macau by Zaha Hadid

"The design combines dramatic public spaces and generous guest rooms with innovative engineering and formal cohesion," said the architects in a statement.

The building will be Melco Crown's fifth hotel in Macau which, like Hong Kong, is a Special Administrative Region of China.

City of Dreams hotel in Macau by Zaha Hadid

Construction started on the building in 2013 and is set to be completed by 2017.

Images and animation are by Methanoia.

Here are some more details from Zaha Hadid Architects:

The Fifth Hotel of City of Dreams Macau

Melco Crown Entertainment, a developer and owner of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Asia, has unveiled the project details and design of the fifth hotel tower at City of Dreams, the company's flagship property in Cotai, Macau.

City of Dreams hotel in Macau by Zaha Hadid

With 40 floors and a gross floor area of 150,000 square metres, the tower houses approximately 780 guestrooms, suites and sky villas. The hotel also includes a variety of meeting and event facilities, gaming rooms, lobby atrium, restaurants, spa, and sky pool. Including extensive back of house areas and supporting ancillary facilities, the tower's design resolves the many complex programs for the hotel within a single cohesive envelope.

The design combines dramatic public spaces and generous guest rooms with innovative engineering and formal cohesion. The rectangular outline of the site is extruded as a monolithic block with a series of voids which carve through the its centre of the tower, merging traditional architectural elements of roof, wall and ceiling to create a sculptural form that defines many of the hotel's internal public spaces.

City of Dreams hotel in Macau by Zaha Hadid

The tower's exposed exoskeleton reinforces the dynamism of the design. Expressive and powerful, this external structure optimises the interior layouts and envelops the building, further defining its formal composition and establishing relationships with the new Cotai strip.

Development of the new hotel at City of Dreams commenced in 2013. The project is expected to open in early 2017.

  • Eynak East

    Zaha ain’t haha, ain’t no joke for me to poke. She’s pushing the boundaries, engineering complexities dexterities, with cgi clarities she’s a new age rarity.
    With casino specialists fronting the cash, the design on this page is making a splash, ain’t no flash in the pan but a foundation of plans, she’s got her fans, the architectural clans, students copying her spans of designer jams, it’s jamming not jammy, she making it on the Cotai strip. Bling.

  • Filippo De Francesco

    Maybe it is not art as Patrik Schumacher said, but it is terrible architecture. Plus, we get it, you can use Grasshopper. Boring!

    • alex

      They don’t use Grasshopper, they develop their own more advanced software with structural engineers. That argument’s particularly weak too – would you say ‘we get it, you can use CAD, boring!’ to any non-Hadid architecture? That moment when you walk into that atrium is worth half of the architecture in the world put together… fussy but beautiful, despite the exterior being utterly grotesque.

      • mrmr

        Erm… yeah whatever. Hadid is rubbish anyway.

  • will

    Can you take back Pritzker prizes?

    • Speaking of which, if Shigeru Ban was to design a casino for Vegas, it’d be interesting!

  • Smack

    So this is nitpicking but language is important.

    Zaha actually described it as an “exposed exoskeleton”. What other kind of exoskeleton is there? An interior exoskeleton, or “skeleton” as the kids call it?

    Fun fact if you Google the phrase “exposed exoskeleton” you only get 1400 results – a good chunk of them are just this blurb and the rest are Transformers fan fiction.

    The building looks alright, I guess. Interior’s pretty busy.

  • Adobogiona

    Gosh, this is gross.

  • DEEziner

    Tesselate -> Lattice -> turbosmooth

  • Nishanth P

    I think this design is ugly.

  • Filippo De Francesco

    Hi Alex, my comment had two points to it:

    1. A personal opinion based on taste , “I do not like this kind of architecture”

    2. An opinion about how they reached this result, which is pure form finding through an evolution of what Grasshopper enables architects and designers to do.

    I do not agree with your statement about the atrium simply because it may well be the most interesting atrium in the world, but when the rest of the design does not work, it still represents somewhat a failure of the mission every architect should have, namely to design buildings which work, are beautiful, integrated and complementary to their surroundings.

    What I see in the atrium is a large number of digitally designed surfaces with patterned openings of various sizes, which are there to hide the steel elements supporting the whole structure and sometimes not even that. Neither decoration nor function, but something else which could potentially be interesting. I simply, once again a personal opinion, do not like it and still think that it is the result of a digital experiment rather than a true response to the site, the brief, the program etc. That’s all.

  • blardyblahblah

    First a stadium as an enormous vulva, now a casino as a sparkling bondage gimp…next project will come with an advisory rating…

  • rachel

    Is it just me or does it look like a gigantic tissue box?

  • Wilkovic

    Don’t want to get caught up in the whole parametricism debate, but misinformation is never good! ZHA of course use range of softwares, including grasshopper.

    From a lecture/Q&A at Harvard GSD with Patrick Schumacher:

    Student: What digital programs do you firm use?

    PS: Maya, Grasshopper, various scripts embedded in different projects, posted via a Wiki. Processing, Digital Project, Revit, etc.

  • lulo

    Too bad. The exterior is really bad guys.

  • Josh

    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Maybe both.

  • Gary Walmsley

    I generally like Zaha Hadid’s work. But this is hideously beneath her.

  • Ivan

    Don’t you just love how the man walks out of the wall from nowhere at 1:43.

  • DaBronxY

    This building has a future (for multiple programs), it stands out as an architectural example that we need to explore if built. Much of us had designs similar to this building in architecture school at some point. Sooner or later these buildings have to be built and tested so that we can move on as a community and point at another design directive. My comment is based on our past history and criticism from previous architectural styles that we still practice from deconstruction to international style.