The latest mixted-use project by Zaha Hadid Architects reimagines the spatial void.
By Lissa Raylin Brewer with Claire Butwinick
Images courtesy Laurian Ghinitoiu
Continuing the legacy of the late Zaha Hadid
Located in the city’s stylish Burj Khalifa district and designed by Hadid’s eponymous firm, Opus is an ambitious mixed-use project holding 12 restaurants, a nightclub, extensive office space, and the first Middle Eastern branch of ME by Meliá Hotels. The eight-story amorphous void carved through the building’s center is spanned by a three-story bridge connecting the two main towers, and every space features commanding views of the surrounding city.
The darkened façade, enveloped in UV-protective frit-pattern glass, reflects the expansive skyline. ZHA’s project director for Opus, Christos Passas, says the structure reflects Hadid’s “unwavering optimism [about] the future and belief in the power of advanced design, material, and construction.”