The Zaha Hadid-designed The Opus, the late architects first and only building in Dubai, will officially open on 15 January.

Omniyat, the building’s developer, started handover of The Opus last October, a mixed-use development offering more than 5,200m2 of office space, a club, several restaurants, and a hotel.

Spanish hotel brand ME by Meliá will make its Middle East debut by the end of 2018 as one of the newest lifestyle hotels to open in Dubai.

The hotel will also offer 93 rooms and suites across 19 floors, including 98 serviced apartments and an exclusive room dubbed the ‘Suite ME’.

The project’s residential section will feature a total of 96 fully furnished one-, two-, and three-bedroom hotel apartments, also designed by Hadid. Among these units will be penthouse apartments with balconies and private rooftop gardens.

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Senior officials from both Omniyat and Zaha Hadid Architects will be present at the building opening, the developer said in an official statement.

The Opus has been under construction since 2008 and has undergone a comprehensive redesign during its decade-long development, the project’s lead consultant Brewer Smith Brewer Group (BSBG) said in a 2017 interview with Construction Week.

“There was a decision by the client to revise the design and interior functions during the construction process, which led to a lengthened overall duration,” Scott Orwin, director of BSBG, said.

The consultant worked closely with Zaha Hadid Architects, the lead architect on the project, with Multiplex working on the shell and core of the building under a design-and-build (D&B) contract.

Omniyat announced in September 2017 that the fit out contract had been awarded to Plafond, a fit out, MEP, and facilities management specialist based in Dubai.

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Source: Construction Week Online

Written by Jumana Abdel-Razzaq (Construction Week Online)