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Zaha peers into the void with Dubai office block - images

Zaha Hadid has unveiled these images of a new office development in Dubai.

The 21-storey project, called the Opus Building, is yet another Middle East project for the Iraqi-born designer, who is also building a performing-arts centre in Abu Dhabi and the Dancing Towers development in Dubai.

According to Hadid, the scheme is effectively two buildings in one. The two plots are 'linked by a continuous low-level podium structure', which the practice claims 'unites the project and enables the building to be interpreted as one mass'.

The design incorporates a 'void' within the building, which Zaha says is treated as a volume in its own right, becoming 'the space within the built mass', which is 'free form and fluid' and cuts through the edges of the cube.

The interior space is clad in polished metal, which is perforated to allow views into the void. Hadid has also made the void accessible, providing occupants with areas for recreation and rest.

by Richard Vaughan

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