zaha hadid architects echoes hollywood with ‘studio city’ in macau, china

a Hollywood-inspired resort in China

zaha hadid architects (ZHA) announces the crowning out of its studio town resort expansion in macau, china. the internationally acclaimed architects had been asked to expand the hollywood-inspired development in 2017, which had welcomed visitors since 2015. following the completion of so-called ‘studio city phase 2’, the sprawling entertainment destination will see new recreation, entertainment, and hospitality facilities. these will include one of the largest indoor and outdoor water parks in asia as well as a six-screen cinema complex.

zaha hadid architects expects its studio city phase 2 expansion to be completed in december 2022.

visualization by mir |

vertical glass fin towers

the team at zaha hadid architects worked with melco resources and entertainment to develop the studio city ‘phase 2’ expansion. the new addition will include two new towers, with a graduated glass façade, whose verticality recalls natural columns of basalt rock. these vertical insulating glass units and shade fins will reduce solar heat gain and glare while maintaining thermal comfort for hotel guests.

the high-performance building envelope and highly efficient services and systems will reduce energy demand. all timber and timber products specified in the design have been harvested, traded and purchased in accordance with Forest Stewardship Council certification.

studio city zaha hadid
visualization by minmud | @minmud

respect for the environment by studio city

environmental site assessments determined the composition of the city development from the studio of zaha hadid architects. the project is strategically located away from the 15 hectare protected wetland of the nearby macau cotai ecological zone. the orientation and configuration of the elliptical towers have been meticulously designed to ensure natural ventilation in and around the station. the project ecologist has developed measures to preserve the site’s existing flora as well as compensatory plantings of species compatible with the landscape and habitat.

viviana muscettola, director at zaha hadid architects, comments:zaha hadid architects and melco share the same vision and the same determination to push the limits. studio city phase 2 continues our ten-year collaboration with melco which includes the morpheus hotel at the city of dreams in macau. extending the thriving studio city resort, the highly adaptable spaces in phase 2 were developed by a truly global team of professionals.’

studio city zaha hadidvisualization by mir |

Mr. lawrence ho, president and chief executive officer of melco resorts & entertainment, continues:melco has a strong track record of contributing to macau’s continued development as a global center for leisure tourism. studio city phase 2 reaffirms our continued commitment to the city and helps strengthen macau’s non-gaming proposition in asia and internationally. we are grateful for the support of the central and macau governments during the construction of the project.’

project info:

Project title: studio town

architecture: zaha hadid architects (ZHA)

site: Macau, China

developer: resorts and melco entertainment

visualizations: mir |, minmud | @minmud

design: patrick schumacher
ZHA Project Director: viviana muscettola
ZHA project partners: hee seung lee, luca nicoletti, subharthi guha, bianca cheung
ZHA project architects: alvin triestanto, caste andrea balducci, marina martinez, thomas sonder
ZHA project team: alessandra catello, ashwanth govindaraji, antoine amittai, angelica videla, christina bali, daniel coley, juwhan han, michael cheung, marie-perrine placais, michael rogers, mattia santi, nhan vo, natasha gill, neil rigden, sara criscenti, valentina cerrone, vincent yeung, yoo yeon no
The ZHA design team: viviana muscettola, hee seung lee, luca nicoletti, alvin triestanto, alessandra catello, daniel coley, marina martinez, mattia santi, vincent yeung, yoo yeon noh

executive architect: leigh and orange [hong kong]
local architect: EWA Project Consultants [macau]
civil, structural and geotechnical engineering: AECOM [hong kong]
M&E Engineering: Meinhardt (M&E) [hong kong]
facade engineer: inhabit living engineering [hong kong]
water park consultant: water technology [UK/US/hong kong], west whitewater [canada]
other interior designers: rockwell group, CDC designs, westar architects, OMA
quantity surveyor: WT Partnership [hong kong]
light design: dwell lighting [hong kong]
landscaper: morphis [hong kong]
fire engineering: Meinhardt (M&E) [hong kong]
acoustic advisor: SM&W [hong kong]
traffic engineer: MVA system [hong kong]
environmental advisor: XCO2 [uk]
signage consultant: DEAI design [hong kong]