The ME brand goes for the big named architects including, apparently, those that have been knighted by the Her Majesty the Queen of England. They chose Sir Norman Foster to design ME London which opened last year. It's only fair guys, that equal opportunity be given to Dame Zaha ("Dame" is the knighted female's equivalent to "Sir.")
Zaha Hadid Architects has only one previous hotel project under its abstract belt, which is the design of one floor of the Silken Puerta America in Madrid. In that project, Hadid was one of many acclaimed designers who were each assigned a floor of the hotel -- and then instructed not to communicate with each other during the design process. So what else is new?
ME Dubai will occupy the Opus Building, a master planned development currently on Hadid's boards, computers rather. Judging from the initial images released, it is an attention grabber.
The hotel will offer approximately 100 rooms and several internationally acclaimed restaurants. Who could the master chefs be we wonder -- Wolfgang Puck? Daniel Boulud? Gordon Ramsay? We'll keep you posted, as that could surely be the icing on the cake -- or caviar.
Let's have a look at some early views of this modern marvel that is changing the face of modern hospitality as we know it, at least in Dubai.
Zaha Hadid is a master of computer modeling, which allows for such unusual shapes to be built. The Opus Building -- aptly named if you agree that "architecture is frozen music" -- was conceived as a cube, with a free formed void in the center. The building's appearance changes dramatically by day and by night.
The lobby is located beneath the bottom section of the "void" enclosed with a glass roof.
The future is now -- behold the angles, shapes and forms that make up a guest room designed by Zaha and her team of talent.
This is a duplex unit that may be either a penthouse suite in the hotel or one of the residences. In either case, it does give us an idea of what is to come -- and we really want to go.