New City of Dreams hotel tower under construction in Macau

New City of Dreams hotel tower under construction in Macau

Melco Crown Entertainment unveils details and design by Zaha Hadid

Melco Crown Entertainment, a developer and owner of casino gaming and entertainment resort facilities in Asia, recently released the project details and architectural design of its fifth hotel tower as part of its City of Dreams development in Cotai, Macau.

Envisioned as a landmark structure, the new hotel tower is designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize winner Zaha Hadid. Construction of the tower began in 2013 and it is due to open in early 2017.

Made up of two towers connected at the podium levels and roof, the design is expressive and powerful in true Hadid style. The rectangular outline of the site is extruded as a monolithic block with a series of voids carved through the centre of the tower. The elevation’s exposed exoskeleton reinforces the dynamism of the design and allows for the optimisation of internal programming by reducing internal structural requirements.

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The hotel tower comprises 40 floors and a gross floor area of 150,000 square metres, and will accommodate approximately 780 guestrooms, suites and villas, as well as a variety of meeting and event facilities, a 30m high lobby atrium, and a selection of restaurants, spa, ultra lounge and sky pool. The lobby will give direct access to the retail and main gaming areas, and two cores located either side of the atrium will connect hotel accommodation and VIP areas. Panoramic lifts will offer views of the voids when ascending the tower.

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The impressive lobby

A number of Hong Kong companies are also involved in the construction: executive architect L&O is one of the consultants (Macau architect CAA is the other); Buro Happold on façade engineering; quantity surveyors WTP; acoustic consultant, Shen Milson & Wilke; fire engineering, Ove Arup and; building contractor, Draggages.

Melco Crown Entertainment is also developing Studio City, a new cinematically-themed integrated resort that will open in Cotai in 2015.

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A rendering of the lobby populated by guests. Photos courtesy of Melco Crown and Zaha Hadid Architects. Text compiled by Martine Beale

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