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Morpheus @CityOfDreamsMacau named one of the 100 greatest innovations of the year in the @PopSci list ‘Best of What’s New 2018’. The Morpheus hotel combines dramatic public spaces and guest rooms with innovative engineering and formal cohesion. ZHA was commissioned to build the hotel in 2012. At that time, foundations were already in place of a condominium tower that did not progress. ZHA designed the Morpheus as a simple vertical extrusion of the existing abandoned foundations; using this rectangular footprint to define a 40-storey building of two internal vertical circulation cores connected at podium and roof levels where the many guest amenities were required. Working with @BuroHappoldEngineering , ZHA designed the building’s exoskeleton to optimise the interiors by creating spaces that are uninterrupted by supporting walls or columns. The world’s first free-form high-rise exoskeleton, its rich pattern of structural members at lower levels progresses upwards to a less dense grid of lighter members at its summit. Viviana Muscettola, ZHA's project director explains, "The expertise of all members of the Morpheus team has created new possibilities for architecture. The comprehensive parametric model combined all of the hotel's aesthetic, structural and fabrication requirements and will radically change how our built environment is planned and constructed.” Image: Detail of the Morpheus’ structural exoskeleton. Photo by #IvanDupont composite with the design’s 3D digital model.