Jun 2018

Leigh & Orange celebrates the opening of Morpheus hotel


Morpheus is Leigh & Orange’s (L&O) latest hotel project to open. Located in Macau, it is the new flagship hotel for the City of Dreams resort, which is owned and managed by Melco Resorts & Entertainment.

The new hotel boasts over 770 rooms, 8 VIP villas, a sky pool 40 stories high and restaurants operated by acclaimed chef Alain Ducasse.

Housing this mix of facilities within one cohesive edifice, Morpheus is the world’s first high-rise building supported by a free-form exoskeleton steel structure – which is enlivened by two sky bridges, and protected from the elements by five different glazing systems and a unique non-repetitive double-curved aluminium cladding system. The complexity of the project and its enabling works required the involvement and co-ordination of eight firms of designers based in five countries.

As the Executive Architect, L&O was tasked to aid the realisation of this project through its technical knowledge and considerable experience of working in Macau. Forming a successful partnership with Zaha Hadid Architects (Architectural Designer) and Buro Happold International (Structural and Façade Engineering Designer), L&O’s scope of work included design and statutory coordination for this multi-disciplinary project, documentation of the hotel tower, international restaurants, retail outlets and retail street, as well as supporting Heart-of-House staff facilities – not to mention continuing support during the construction stage though to the opening.

Ivy Lee, L&O’s Managing Director noted, “The most challenging aspect of the project was the orchestration of the many different designers, with differing visions all being weaved into a unique building form. We’d like to think of ourselves as the conductor, helping each designer to flourish in their own unique way while still uniting it all – without compromise – into a grand symphony. It was a privilege for us to be part of this amazing team, while creating a true landmark for Macau in the process.”

L&O has a long history of creating successful leisure destinations in Macau, including the City of Dreams Phase 1 integrated resort, City of Dreams retail upgrades and expansion, additional Gaming and additional F&B facilities, Studio City Phase 1 integrated resort and upgraded F&B outlets.

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