Morpheus Hotel, City of Dreams


Tony Gee designed the temporary works required to support the steelwork of the Morpheus hotel, part of the City of Dreams casino during its construction.

The Morpheus hotel was designed by Zaha Hadid and utilises an irregular form steel exoskeleton in its central region. The façade has an unsymmetrical curved or ‘billowing’ profile and bridges across the gap between two halves of the building. The façade structural frame was not self-supporting until complete to nearly full height and therefore required additional supports before completion.

Tony Gee was able to make installation of the cladding to the exoskeleton easier by eliminating clashing members and by designing the temporary works to permit sections to be removed early (prior to the completion of the permanent works steel frame) so that façade installation could being earlier, reducing overall construction time.

Our designs were prepared to allow use of either proprietary prop and soldier components or bespoke elements fabricated from rolled sections in approximately 50% of the structure. The contractor eventually adopted rolled sections throughout.


SynopsisTemporary works design to support steelwork of the Morpheus Hotel
ContractorDragages Macau
End ClientMelco Resorts and Entertainment
Sectors and ServicesCommercial
Temporary works design
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AwardsThe Institution of Structural Engineers Structural Awards 2019 – Construction Innovation Winner

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