Void-Effect Architecture

Opus is the only hotel in the world entirely designed by Zaha Hadid.
Opus Hotel is located in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa. The architecture of the building, interiors and furniture are characterized by sculptural forms and curved lines. The mirrored glass building houses the hotel, offices, serviced apartments and several restaurants. Outwardly, the building looks like a giant cube with a shapeless hole in the center, although in fact these are two towers connected at the top and bottom to create the effect of void. At night, the image is enhanced by wavy lighting.

"The precise orthogonal geometries of the Opus' elemental glass cube contrast dramatically with the fluidity of the eight-storey void at its centre," explained Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) project director Christos Passas.

The glass ceiling lobby sits directly under the architectural hole. The lustrous white marble on the floor is accentuated by the golden edging of the seating area. The wavy shapes of the rich burgundy armchairs echo the curved lines on the gold wall behind the crisp white reception desks that are angled. Thin gold edges frame glass balustrades.

The hotel has 74 bedrooms and 19 suites. Each bedroom has a sculpted bed that protrudes from the wall. In the bathroom, you will find washbasins and showers from the Vitae collection, which Zaha Hadid designed for Noken Porcelanosa in 2015. Above some of the double sinks hang twin mirrors with curves that seem to match the Opus' central void.

The hotel’s concept is based on a commitment to sustainable development: water bottles for guests are made not from plastic, but from stainless steel, water dispensers are located everywhere, and organic waste is recycled by composters. In addition, the hotel has dropped the buffet table to reduce consumption and food waste.