Dali would love the “drippy,” abstract architecture of Morpheus Hotel 

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Published on August 27, 2019

The Morpheus Hotel is arguably one of the most well-designed hotels in the “City of Dreams” resort in Macau. It doesn’t even seem real. But it is.

The building is a complex and futuristic architectural wonder bearing no resemblance to anything we have today. The hotel is a 40-story building with a height of 40 meters. What makes it very popular is the structure’s unusual design. One of the project directors of the hotel said that all of Macau’s building makes reference to some form of architectural style and that the Morpheus Hotel evolved from its unique environment.

When it comes to the Morpheus Hotel, project director at Zaha Hadid Architects, Vivian Muscettola, said that the design “combines its optimal arrangement with structural integrity and sculptural form” and it is unique in the way that it does not reference any other architectural styles. The Venetian for example, similar to the one in Las Vegas uses architectural references from the city of Venice. The original intention of the design is to create something apart from other buildings in so that it can set Macau apart from other cities.

The Fifth Tower in the City of Dreams

The hotel was developed on a parcel of land within the City of Dreams entertainment complex. Besides that, the resort is also home to other four hotels, a large number of shops and a casino. The design is said to be inspired by China’s jade carving tradition. Looking carefully at the hotel, one can realize that the entire structure is two towers connected by walkways designed in such a way that makes the building look like it was punctuated.

A major challenge when constructing the hotel was the fact that it had to be placed on an existing foundation. And so, there where space, as well as height limitations imposed by the pre-existing city codes. The architects made good use of the available space and the building can accommodate 772 guestrooms, sky villas and pool villas. The resort also consists of communal spaces, conference rooms, restaurants, an atrium, rooftop pools as well as gaming rooms. Viviana admits that without the good use of technology, completing the project would not have been possible. The two most important technologies used to create a structure were computer-controlled robots to assemble components and bespoke scripts to control the geometry.

A Place of Limitless Activities

The city of Dream opened on July 2009 and it is owned by Melco Resorts & Entertainment. The entire resort is comprised of the Grand Hyatt Macau, which is two towers, Nüwa, and the Countdown Hotel, formerly known as Hard Rock, and the previously mentioned Morpheus Hotel, which was the last hotel to open its doors at this resort.

The hotel is not the only impressive sight in the city of dreams. Many people come to Macau to have the best gambling experience. And so, the city of dreams has no shortage of that. The resort features a 420,000 square-foot casino with a large collection of gaming tables, as well as 520 table games and around 1500 slot machines. The table games at the City of dreams consists of all of the most popular games like baccarat, poker, and roulette which can also be found on notable gaming websites such as Admiral Casino. What makes City of Dreams Casino stand apart from other in Macau is the water-based show taking place there which is a spectacular swimming show praised by audiences who witnessed it.

Of Course There’s a Hard Rock

The Hard Rock Cafe located inside the Countdown Hotel is the only place in Macau that one can find American cuisine as well as an impressive selection of drinks such as cocktails and aromatic coffees. The gaming floor is located at the second level and features a wide variety of gaming choices. As one can expect, the background is filled with rock ‘n’ roll music.

At Grand Hyatt Macau, guests with membership can access the Signature Club which offers high-quality service. There are three private table salons and two gaming machine rooms where every need is taken into account. The two gaming machine salons are known as Ruby Palace and Diamond Palace. A notable fact about the Ruby palace is that it features the first-ever Human 3D Massage Chairs. Players and guests visiting Macau will be constant awe at all of the sights and sounds of this resort. It is no surprise that the City of Dreams is known as the loudest casino in Macau.

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