The Bold & the Beautiful

The Bold & the Beautiful

• Morpheus Hotel, City of Dreams Macau •

Depending on your frame of reference, Morpheus is the Greek god of dreams or an action star in the Matrix movie franchise. Either way, the heroic name fits Macau’s newest and most startling hotel tower.

Designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid in one of the final projects of her career, the futuristic 42-story hotel opened at City of Dreams Macau, a Melco Resorts & Entertainment property, on June 15.

Macau’s latest landmark is unlike any other, and literally turns architecture inside out with its extraordinary steel exoskeleton.

The hotel’s massive double towers are joined by curved bridges designed to create “voids” that let the natural light stream in, says ZHA Project Director Viviana Muscettola.

The Bold & the Beautiful Exterior steel ribbons hug the building, limiting the need for supporting columns within, and allowing for dramatically scaled interior spaces.

The structure, equipped with a dozen high-speed glass elevators, was

Muscettola calls the unexpected design approach “a jump into the unknown” that “makes no reference to traditional architectural typologies.”

The Bold & the Beautiful With more than 770 elegant rooms, suites and villas, the hotel—yes, it’s named for the Greek god, not the superhero—will target premium-mass customers who spend freely at Macau’s casinos without the need for junket investors.

An entire floor is devoted to fine dining, with two restaurants from acclaimed Chef Alain Ducasse of Monaco; a pâtissierie from Pierre Hermé, “the Picasso of pastry;” and a Chinese fine dining establishment, Yi, located in the hotel’s Sky Bridge.

Morpheus also offers a modern art gallery on the 23rd floor; a rooftop sky pool, with 360-degree views of the glittering Cotai Strip; a deluxe spa; and a 12,000-square-foot luxury retail area.

In 2012, when the hotel project was in its infancy, Melco Chairman and CEO Lawrence Ho said he wanted to create something “just insane” at City of Dreams. Hadid, the first woman ever to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize for architecture, certainly delivered.

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