The World Architecture Festival 2019, has announced its award shortlist to include the ‘Opus’, designed by the late Zaha Hadid, within the ‘completed buildings – mixed use’ category.
The development, which has been 7 years in the making and is due to fully open towards the end of this year, is the late architect’s first project in Dubai and is located in the city’s Burj Khalifa district. After Hadid passed away in March 2016, it was reported that the project would contain a permanent memorial to the architect.
“The Opus will be aligned with Omniyat’s vision of treating each project as if it were a unique work of art,” said Mahdi Amjad, Executive Chairman and CEO of Omniyat which has developed the building.
“The design conveys the remarkably inventive quality of Zha’s work; expressing a sculptural sensibility that reinvents the balance between solid and void, opaque and transparent, interior and exterior.”
The two towers join to form a cube surrounding a sweeping void at its centre. Linked by a ground level atrium and an asymmetric three-storey bridge at its upper levels, the 93-metre structure has 20 floors above ground and seven floors below. It has been made possible by a phenomenal feat of design and engineering, removing the need for columns and designed to maximize views and the absorption of natural light. A concealed base makes the building appear as if it is floating off the ground.
The venue will house a hotel with a futuristic floor plan encompassing 12 restaurants, a rooftop bar and 56,000 square feet of office space. It will also include apartments, a swimming pool, fitness centre, and sauna.
The World Architecture Festival is the world’s largest, annual, international, live architectural event. It will take place 4-6 December in Amsterdam. For more information and a full list of 534 shortlisted projects, from 70 different countries, visit the link below.