Winner 2019

Award for
Construction Innovation

Project Description

The fifth tower in Macau’s ‘City of Dreams’ leisure and entertainment complex stands 160m high. The hotel accommodation is arranged around a core in each wing of the building. The exoskeleton structure of the building works with two concrete cores, providing the main vertical and horizontal load-bearing elements and upholding the client’s vision for a unique building.

Judge’s comments

The Morpheus Hotel was recognised by the judges as being a forerunner in the new digital era of construction. The entire project from the initial visualisation of form, through the evolutionary development, analysis and design of different viable structural options, to the optimisation and bespoke manufacturing of the structural components and the control of their sequenced erection on site, could not have been accomplished without the formidable range of digital and communicational skills that characterise the structural engineer of today.
When the unknown can be made known, the impossible can become possible, and the value of the structural engineer is revealed in its true light. We look forward to the next step into the unknown!

Project overview

Structural Designer

  • Buro Happold Engineering

Client Name

  • Melco Resorts


  • Macau, China


  • Zaha Hadid Architects

Principal Contractor

  • Dragages Hong Kong

Key Contractors

  • Kyotec Group – Facade contractor

    Tony Gee – Temporary works engineer

    FDL GSI – Steelwork fabricator

    Images: © Virgile Simon Bertrand (1+2)

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