What to do when you want to break with alocation’s tradition of copycat architecture? One bold way forward is to create a new design language.
Melco Resorts & Entertainment commissioned Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) to design Morpheus as the fifth hotel in its City of Dreams resort development on tourist and gambling mecca Macau.
In modern interpretations of Greek mythology, Morpheus is referred to as the god of dreams or sleep. Melco wanted Morpheus to be designed to ‘satisfy the dreams of luxury international travellers’.
In response, the high-end, five-star hotel itself looks like a dream of surreal architectural splendour.
Historically, Macau buildings have referenced architecture styles from around the world. Morpheus, however, has evolved from its unique environment and site conditions as a new architecture expressly of the city, says ZHA’s project director Viviana Muscettola.
Linked at ground level with the surrounding three-storey podium of the City of Dreams resort, Morpheus houses a lobby atrium, and 772 guest rooms, suites and sky villas. Public amenities include civic spaces, meeting and event facilities, gaming rooms, restaurants, a spa and rooftop pool.