Set in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa district, the newly opened ME Dubai hotel at the Opus is the only hotel in the world that can claim to have had both its exterior and interiors designed by the late Zaha Hadid. You may have already seen the exterior, but now you can take a look inside.
The Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) designed Opus in Dubai is a mirrored glass building occupied by a hotel, offices, serviced apartments and several restaurants and is characterised by an amorphous hole pushing through its centre. Though the building was completed externally last year, the ME Dubai hotel only opened in March of this year.
The ME Dubai has 74 bedrooms and 19 suites. Its lobby sits directly under the Opus’ signature void, with white marble floors highlighted by plush curved burgundy seating areas. Called ‘Ottomans’, these seating pods are by Zaha Hadid Design, the design wing of ZHA. Circling the lobby are three floors of gallery space and glass balustrades.
Each bedroom at the hotel features a Zaha Hadid-designed bed with a mattress that sits on a sculptural frame projecting from the wall. In the bathrooms, sinks and showers come from Zaha Hadid’s 2015 Vitae collection for Noken Porcelanosa, while twin mirrors hang above some of the double sinks.
For sustainability, every room at the ME Dubai hotel is plastic bottle-free with all guests given their own stainless steel water bottle. Water dispensers are located all around the hotel. In the dining areas there are no buffets, to cut down on food waste, and onsite composters digest organic waste.
Images by Laurian Ghinitoiu
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