Visiting the brand new hotel Morpheus by the office of the late Zaha Hadid left me contemplating movies like Blade Runner, Minority Report and their influence on architecture.
When entering from the City of Dreams shopping mall/casino/hotel complex, one enters the hotel through the beautiful 40 meter high lobby without seeing the outside of the building.
The lobby is breathtaking with strong futuristic appeal. Twelve lifts zoom up and down like a transport system in Minority Report.
Beautiful materials and patterns abound, yet, the abundant space can carry it off and the result is surprisingly serene. The small cafe, staff and music that fill the space are a carefully composed ‘gesamtkunstwerk’.
Looking up and to the main entrance, one sees a main feature of the architecture: the exoskeleton, facilitating the structural free empty space of the interior, while also giving distinctive character to the outside appearance and architecture.
Walking through the main entrance one can overlook the architectural appearance of the exterior. Designed as a box with an exoskeleton, the elevation is in three places morphed into the building, creating irregular holes (‘worm holes’, so to speak, bending the space-time continuum ) that create a beautiful skylight above the lobby and make the lift ride an exciting experience.