The recently opened Opus building by Zaha Hadid Architects brings an interplay of solid and void, fluidity, and orthogonality to the Dubai cityscape. New images by award-winning photographer Laurian Ghinitoiu capture the project’s sculptural silhouette, the studio’s distinct architectural signature.
‘The precise orthogonal geometries of the opus’ elemental glass cube contrast dramatically with the fluidity of the eight-storey void at its center,’ explains Christos Passas, project director at Zaha Hadid architects. The cube’s double-glazed insulating façades incorporate a UV coating and a mirrored frit pattern to reduce solar gain. applied around the entire building, this dotted frit patterning emphasizes the clarity of the building’s orthogonal form, while at the same time, dissolving its volume through the continuous play of light varying between ever-changing reflections and transparency.