Sunday, 8 April 2018

My Sunday Photo - Week 171 - The Opus Building, Dubai.

There are some weird and wonderful buildings in Dubai. I see most of them from the Sheikh Zayed Road but it's difficult to get a photo when you're driving and getting in and out of Business Bay and parking your car, is hard work so it's rare I get to stop. These photos were taken while hubby was driving and he slowed down for me.

The Opus building was opened in January 2018 and designed by Iraqi born Zaha Hadid who died in 2016. It's her only building in Dubai. She was the first female architect to win the Prizker Architecture Prize. She is also responsible for the London Olympic Aquatics Centre.

The building features two glass towers linked by a steel and glass bridge at the top and a ground floor podium. It has 56,000 square feet of office space, nightclub in the basement, restaurants, ME Dubai by Melia and a boutique hotel. Zaha Hadid personally designed all the interiors and exteriors of the 95 meter building.




All I can think about is how long it takes to clean all this glass, especially in the nooks and crannies where the sand gathers.

17 comments:

  1. That is a stunning building! #MySundayPhoto

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  2. Oddly, it reminds me of grand Arche de la Defense in Paris. That said, I do get what you mean about cleaning all that glass! the service charge must be phenomenal!

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    1. window cleaning is certainly a good business to have here

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  3. What a cool building and how interesting to read about the architect too. What a shame she didn't live to see it.

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    1. it is such a shame and sadly the building can only be seen if you drive into the area

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  4. That is a remarkable building, the curves, buildings were always meant to be straight lines but Dubai takes it to the next level

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

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    1. the buildings here are really stunning, i've never seen anywhere else like it

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  5. That is truly an amazing looking building. I agree with you on the cleaning though.
    #mysundayphoto

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    1. it's hard enough keeping the windows on our house clean lol

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  6. Another amazing building, cleaning the glass doesn't sound like fun but what a beauty to drive past.

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    1. sadly it's not a building you can see unless you drive into the area

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  7. My managers son got to do an apprenticeship with Zaha Hadids team a few years ago and that’s when I discovered who she was. Her buildings are stunning aren’t they? And this one looks so clever too. I would have thought she would have been perfect at designing so much more in the UAE!

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    1. sad she didn't get to see her work finished, great opportunity for your boss's son to have had

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  8. Oh wow! That really is an amazing building...
    I think cleaning it would be a never ending job x

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    1. it sure would be, they're always cleaning windows here, it's a 24/7 job

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  9. I would have thought she would have been perfect at designing so much more in the UAE. Dr Andrew Unterweger is a very professional man which is working in real estate field from many years.

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