UAE developer Omniyat to launch Zaha Hadid-designed The Opus

UAE The Opus

The extremely unique The Opus, which lies in Business Bay Dubai, was designed by the late Dame Zaha Hadid.

It was first announced 10 years ago but the initial 2012 completion date was pushed back due to the global financial crisis.

Now the Dubai-based developer Omniyat has announced that it will finally officially unveil The Opus in Business Bay on January 15th.

The Opus, the late British/Iraqi architect’s first and only building in Dubai, will become a multi-purpose building; it will be home to the first ME by Meliá hotel in the region, a number of luxury residences, commercial office space and several food and beverage outlets.

Constructing The Opus has been delayed a couple of times, it has been a learning experience for both engineers and architects. From building a steel bridge to link two towers to selecting glazing to prevent solar heat from damaging the glass facade, the challenges have been numerous.

The 21-story building comprises a pair of asymmetrical towers joined by a three-floor bridge above the building’s distinguishing characteristic ‘void’. The construction of this futuristic architecture design has cost 700 million dollars.

Experts have said that this sort of ambitious, enthralling architecture showcases Dubai’s future.