The Opus

The unique appearance of The Opus in Business Bay, Dubai, UAE derives from an unusual source of inspiration: the architect sank a hot poker into a cube of ice to create an irregular, curved void.

The unique appearance of The Opus in Business Bay, Dubai, UAE derives from an unusual source of inspiration: the architect sank a hot poker into a cube of ice to create an irregular, curved void.

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Benjamin Beer

Benjamin Beer

Head of Facades, Middle East
T: +971 4 334 3616

This Zaha Hadid design has tested our engineers’ skills unlike any other.

In the constant search for original designs that truly push the limits, many building projects in the Middle East are in fact driving innovation in engineering design.

The appearance of the Opus derives from the architect, world famous Zaha Hadid, sinking a hot poker into a cube of ice to create an irregular, curved void in the middle. The design of the Opus was performed in close cooperation between the architect and our façades, building services, fire & safety and structural engineers.
 
Due to its shape, the Opus proved to be a challenging project for our façade team. Massive façades of darkened curved glass face each other across the void in the middle of the building, appearing as a continuous, fluid surface. In reality, the surface is a combination of glass with varying thickness, bent in different ways and fitted by using several techniques seamed together invisibly.

Moreover, due to extreme climate conditions, we needed to use glass processing technology from the automotive industry to provide solutions for the spherical double curved glass used – something that had never been done in this region before.

Building services

The unique appearance of The Opus derives from an unusual source of inspiration: the architect sank a hot poker into a cube of ice to create an irregular, curved void.

The office building designed as a result is U-shaped in plan. It consists of two towers set approximately 50m apart and linked from the 20th floor upwards by a five storey bridge. Massive façades of darkened curved glass face each other across the void.

In the original concept, transparent façade glazing was intended — but this, given Dubai's climate and conditions, would not have complied with local building codes. Our building services team worked closely with our façades engineers, using solar and daylight modelling to arrive at a solution that is practical, compliant and aesthetically appropriate.

In addition, we made use of the ready availability of sunlight to provide solar hot water heating for the building. Clever use of the local district cooling system enabled us to cut the energy required for cooling by 10-15%.

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