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The Crest was designed as a demountable sculpture that tests the limits of a new construction technique involving the assembly of aluminum panels into a pre-stressed flat plate which is then lifted into a self-supporting structure. It signifies a connection between east and west. ‘It is a type of process that we’ve never done before, it was an experiment and about achieving a price form as thin as possible. This is the thinnest shell structure we have built to date,’ said Melodie Leung, Associate at Zaha Hadid Architects.

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The new ME Dubai will be located in the Opus building in the Burj Khalifa District and will have 100 rooms, four penthouse suites with private terraces and the brand’s signature Suite ME. It will also have a Michelin-star restaurant.

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