Pushing the boundaries of modern architecture and style, the US$1.1 billion, 40-storey, 772-room Morpheus Hotel designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, welcomes its guests to experience a stay in another Galaxy. Berkeley Bespoke has travelled thousands of miles (on a commercial route, SpaceX is still in production) to experience Morpheus Hotel – the latest addition to Macau’s City of Dreams, an integrated resort that includes a casino, two theatres, a shopping district, 20 restaurants and four hotels on the Cotai Strip. We have stepped into high-speed panoramic lifts to discover futuristic living spaces, innovatively designed to transcend you to imaginatively different Galactic.
At Morpheus, ultra-luxury and innovation are combined in the form of seven hundred and seventy two futuristic guest rooms and suites, exquisitely designed by Remedios Studio of Hong Kong. Each of their one hundred and eighty one suites has been outfitted with premium furnishings from the World’s leading designers and cutting-edge technology designed to enhance convenience and comfort. For an experience of ultimate transcendence, Morpheus’s nine sumptuous villas enjoy personal 24/7 butler service; six connect to private salons, while three offering private interior pools.
According to ZHA, the building is the “World’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton”, with its structural geometric grid negating the need for internal walls or columns that would clutter the hotel’s interior.
“Morpheus combines its optimal arrangement with structural integrity and sculptural form,” said Viviana Muscettola, ZHA’s project director. “The design is intriguing as it makes no reference to traditional architectural typologies.”
“Macau’s buildings have previously referenced architecture styles from around the World,” she continued. “Morpheus has evolved from its unique environment and site conditions as a new architecture, expressly of this city.”
Paying homage to the great traditions and savoir-faire of French gastronomy, Alain Ducasse at Morpheus redefines fine dining with a contemporary vision. It is a place where taste is the restaurant’s raison d’être and the ultimate criteria for success. Alongside dining establishment Voyages by Alain Ducasse, and a bar, the restaurant serves as one of the few places in the World to possess an unparalleled presence from the gastronomy pioneer.
Alain Ducasse at Morpheus sources from the best regions and harvested at their optimal time, highlighting a deep appreciation for nature and an intimate understanding of the seasons. Sourcing from small-scale farms and line-caught fish, the restaurant ensures unparalleled quality and distinctive tasting experience.
Fun facts: THE BUILDING USED:
28,000 tons of structural steel
48,000 sqm of glass
70,500 sqm of reinforced concrete
50,000 swm of aluminium cladding
Besides the dining invitation by Alain Ducasse, guests are welcomed to have a mindblowing gastronomic experience by Yi, which offers regional Chinese cuisine served omakase-style, while the king of modern patisserie, Pierre Hermé, has created a sleek lounge serving the finest delicacies never seen before in Asia. The hotel also serves as a living gallery featuring original contemporary art by internationally renowned artists KAWS, Jean-Michel Othoniel and Thilo Heinzmann.
“Ten years ago, Melco promised to create something different, something better to create a new category of hospitality for the premium mass. Today, together with our partners and the support of the Macau government, we have delivered on this promise,” said Lawrence Ho, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Melco Resorts & Entertainment.
The Morpheus’ exoskeleton wraps around a pair of towers and a central atrium that soars to a height of 35 meters, while its ground level is connected to the City of Dreams resort’s surrounding three-story podium. A series of sky bridges traverse the atrium, while twelve glass elevators offer spectacular views of the hotel’s interior and exterior.
The completion and opening of Morpheus also mark a new beginning for City of Dreams. The premium portfolio now includes the sleek, modern Morpheus; the chic, classic Chinese Nüwa; and upcoming hotel Libertine, the funky rebel, which starts development in the first quarter of 2019.