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Brace Yourselves For Another Mind-Bending Hotel by Zaha Hadid, in The City of Dreams

April 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM | by | ()

Just when we were beginning to wrap our heads around architect Zaha Hadid’s design for ME Dubai, we learn that the firm is working on another hotel, due to open in early 2017.

This one, the City of Dreams Hotel Tower, will no doubt stand out in the crowd in Macau's newest entertainment and gaming destination.

The hotel will be the fifth developed by Melco Crown Entertainment Limited in China and it will be their flagship at this mega-playland. No kidding. Other Melco Crown-owned hotels at the City of Dreams include Hard Rock Hotel, Grand Hyatt Macau, and Crown Towers Macau. They also own the 5-star Altira Macau, located on the neighboring Taipa island.

The City of Dreams Hotel Tower is the second full hotel to be designed by Zaha Hadid Architects. Her work is often described as "biomorphic," which means it has some resemblance to shapes and forms found in nature. Hmmn, we might see this more as a two-legged building in a sexy fishnet stocking. Speaking of fashion (we are now,) Zaha Hadid has a swimsuit line, represented by Vivonia Swimwear. Interesting, that's about the opposite of fashion designers transitioning into hotel design.

Dame Zaha herself describes her design of the hotel--we are sparing you the entire statement-- as an “exposed exoskeleton” that "optimizes interior layouts and envelopes the building." That's some envelope. The hotel’s interiors feature, as the renderings boldly attempt to illustrate, gaping unobstructed spaces and geometric shapes we haven't seen in a hotel setting. Nor anywhere else.

The 40-story hotel will offer about 780 guest rooms, villas (on the upper floors), casino, retail, several high profile restaurants, a “superlounge," meetings facilities, and of course a spa and sky pool.

Here's a (highly abstract) introductory view of the hotel. We cannot imagine what the guest rooms will look like, so expect a full report from us when those images are out. 3D glasses are recommended.

We're not sure how tall this lobby is, but we suggest cocktails might be best after you check out the view, rather than before.

The walls and ceilings, which may be one and the same, remind us all why we studied geometry in school.

It's hard to describe this view looking upwards from the lobby floor; however, a ride in those elevators might help us think of something.

[Photos: Zaha Hadid Architects]

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