One of several unique buildings specified as part of master plan concept for Dubai, the Opus comprises two structures, conceived as a single cube eroded by a free-form void, which appears to ‘hover’ above ground-level. A pixilated reflective façade renders the cube full by day; by night, it ‘dematerializes’ as light floods the void.
Precise geometry analysis and 3D modeling was required to define all the different curvatures of the glass surface. The surface had to be divided, by a 3D free-form grid, into sub-surfaces, and each of them to be analyzed and classified to different curve categories, in order to manage the design and fabrication process to achieve the high performance smooth surface.
Published on 21 Mar 2016
The Opus by Omniyat is a prestigious development in downtown Dubai in the heart of the Burj Khalifa district. Designed by the late world-famous architect Dame Zaha Hadid, The Opus combines a variety of residences and a design hotel. Gripple’s wire suspension products were used to install the lighting in the carpark of the building.
Zaha Hadid Architects
Engineering - Concept design of Glass Façade
Vertical Planar Glass Façade Area: 23.500 m2
Free Form - Curved Glass Façade Area: 12.000 m2
Alustet façade system; for Alustet Engineering L.t.d.