Hotel W Macau by Zaha Hadid Architects

The hotel W Macau, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), opens in Studio City, Cotai, Macau, Hong Kong. The main aesthetic architectural feature is the facade made of exclusively made glass geometric structures with a remote open glass swimming pool.

The W Macau hotel, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects – ZHA, Cotai, Macau, Hong Kong. Photo courtesy Virgile Simon Bertrand

The W Macau hotel, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects ZHA, Cotai, Macau, Hong Kong. Photo courtesy Virgile Simon Bertrand


One of two new hotels to open within Phase Two of the Studio City Resort by ZHA, the W Macau incorporates 557 hotel rooms and suites over 40 floors together with cafés, restaurants, pool, spa, gym and recording studio for guests.

The W Macau hotel, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects – ZHA, Cotai, Macau, Hong Kong. Photo courtesy Virgile Simon Bertrand

The W Macau hotel, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects ZHA, Cotai, Macau, Hong Kong. Photo courtesy Virgile Simon Bertrand

Located in the Cotai district of Macau, the Hollywood-inspired Studio City resort has welcomed guests and visitors to the city since 2015. Appointed in 2017 to expand the resort, ZHA designed Studio City Phase Two with new leisure, entertainment and hospitality facilities including one of Asia’s largest indoor water parks and extensive meeting spaces. Studio City Phase Two’s design is informed by the existing resort’s cinematic references with a contemporary reinterpretation of the rich detailing, bold geometries and intricate craftsmanship of the Art Deco period.
Composed of three different gradations of glass with external fins that delineate the verticality of the hotel towers, the insulated glazing units and shading fins reduce solar heat gain and glare while maintaining thermal comfort for guests and staff. Winner of the BREEAM Asia Awards 2021, Studio City Phase Two’s high-performance building envelope together with new high-efficiency services will reduce energy demand throughout the resort.

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