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Morpheus Hotel By Zaha Hadid Architects Wins Hotel Of The Year 2019Friday 15 March 2019
Morpheus Hotel By Zaha Hadid Architects Wins Hotel Of The Year 2019 ⇒ After thousands of votes, the Morpheus Hotel in Macau, with Zaha Hadid Architects‘ signature, took home the coveted prizes of Hotel Of The Year 2019 by ArchDaily. The amazing building with an intricate design and geometric facade was inaugurated in June 2018 and, since then, has been attracting attention from all over the world. Today CovetED celebrates this prize by bringing you all about this exquisite example of architecture.
According to Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), the building is the “world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton”, with its structural geometric grid negating the need for internal walls or columns that would clutter the hotel’s interior design. When ZHA was brought on to the project in 2012, the site already had existing foundations for an unbuilt tower. Using the existing foundations, the architects designed a 40-storey building formed of two circulation cores that connect at the base via a podium, separate, then merge again at rooftop level.
Voids carved into the rectangular block form windows that frame views of the city in a design that was, according to the architects, informed by traditional Chinese jade carving techniques that produce fluid forms from hard minerals. An atrium runs the height of the hotel between these two towers, and the hotel’s restaurant lounges and bars are located on bridges running through this central void.
Twelve glass elevators run through the Morpheus, giving guests panoramic views of the hotel’s sculptural interiors and Macau spreading out below. The rippling in the building’s shape caused by the three holes in the glazing connecting the north and south facades also creates unique spaces within the building. Corner suites have views of both the internal atrium and the city beyond, with the design maximising the number of rooms with external views.
There are a total of 770 guest rooms, suites and sky villas in the hotel, all with amazing interior decoration, along with a rooftop spa and pool. High-performance glazing minimises solar gain, and the ridging of the exoskeleton is provides shading. Rather than cool the whole atrium, only the zones used by staff and guests such as the lounges and restaurants have localised air conditioning.
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