ArchitectZaha Hadid Architects
Working in collaboration with the French and Belgian façade contractor Kyotec Group, Front was tasked with developing a fully analyzed system design, BIM model, and fabrication documentation of a bespoke, non-repetitive, complex curved, aluminum rain screen cladding system for Zaha Hadid Architects’ new 40-story, 525 ft (160m) tall hotel tower at the City of Dreams complex in Macau. Using in-house developed parametric modeling and development tools, Front was able to create an automated technical analysis, modeling and fabrication drawing production workflow to generate the necessary fabrication documentation for the several million unique parts required to construct the 194,000 ft2 (18,000 m2) of cladding. The project is currently under construction and is expected to be complete in late 2017.
The exposed mesh exoskeleton connects the left and right towers at both the podium and the roof levels, with two bridges that seem to undulate as they divide its external crevasse.
The hotel will house a retail strip, gaming area and the atrium, which includes the main reception area, lobby bar, and a flexible installation space, on the ground floor, in addition to 780 hotel units, a casino floor, restaurants, meeting spaces, and a sky pool.