Zaha Hadid is the one architecture world’s most prolific workers. If the London 2012 Aquatic Centre, Glasgow’s Riverside Museum and the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul weren’t enough for a recent portfolio, not to mention the superyacts, swimwear and wine bottles, the British-Iriqi ‘starchitect’ has designed the City of Dreams Hotel in Macau, China.
Scheduled for completion in 2017, the 40-story ‘city’ will consist of 780 rooms, suites and sky villas, as well as a rooftop ‘sky’ pool, restaurants, spas, shops and leisure and conference facilities.
Macau, a former Portuguese colony, now derives much of its income from tourism. The growing wealth of the Chinese economy has seen more and more audacious hotel designs in recent years, as well as more extravagant advertising campaigns. The promotional video for the hotel shows it’s exposed skeleton structure, broken up by a number of circular voids, which reveal the chiseled glass interior.