Zaha Hadid’s latest posthumous project is complete. The Morpheus Casino and hotel was officially opened in Macau last Friday 15 June 2018. Dame Zaha Mohammad Hadid designed the flamboyant hotel. Hadid was an Iraqi-British who died in 2016. Hadid is known for designing the Guangzhou Opera House in China and a mega mall in Beijing. Hadid was the first woman to win the Pritzker Prize for architecture.
The Morpheus is worth $1.1 billion. The 42-storey hotel has 772 rooms. Construction began in 2013. The glitzy building is named after the Greek-god of dreams. Morpheus hotel was developed by Melco Resorts & Entertainment.
Canada’s Zaha Hadid Unbuilt projects
Canada could have two buildings designed by the renowned Zaha Hadid. In 2000, Hadid was shortlisted for the Grande Bibliotheque du Quebec in Montreal. In 2005, Hadid was again shortlisted to design the Edmonton Art Gallery. Both times the projects were awarded to others.
A New Casino and Hotel for the Monte Carlo of the Orient
When you look up at the Macau skyline, you will see the new building with a giant “8” in the centre of it. The “8” in Chinese culture is associated with “fortune” and “prosperity”. Exterior ribbons of steel hold up the building. The ribbons free up space inside by minimising the need for vertical columns. These ribbons are described as a “jump into the unknown” by Vivian Muscettola of Zaha Hadid Architects.
Tops Floors are Reserved for High Rollers
The top floors of the Morpheus are exclusively reserved for high rollers. In the top floors, you find duplex villas with private in-room gyms and massage rooms. There is an exclusive gaming area which is opened only for the high rollers.
Morpheus Casino and Hotel is a building unlike any other in Macau
There are no internal columns inside the building. When you get to the lobby, you see rows of exposed elevators moving up and down. There’s a rooftop pool and two restaurants by Alain Ducasse, a Michelin stars award-winning chef.
Morpheus Casino and Hotel part of Macau’s Casino Renaissance
In 2012 China started a crackdown on online gambling. As a response, casino giants launched a many new mega-resorts intended to attract mass-gamblers. The Morpheus launches at a time when high rollers and revenue growth is taking place in Macau’s casino scene. Macau is the only place in China where gambling is legal.
The Morpheus is intended to be the flagship hotel for the Melco’s City of Dreams in Macau project. Melco’s chairman Lawrence Ho states; “Everything we built up until now has been to build up a great showcase”.