This autumn, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum received the latest from Zaha Hadid. The celebrated architect revealed the ‘Crest’ installation, which was commissioned by ME by Melia ? Hotels in celebration of ME Dubai Hotel.

One of the highlights ofThe London Design Festival this year (13-21 September) has been the ‘Crest’ installa- tion – commissioned by ME by Meliá Hotels in celebra- tion of the 2016 launch of the group’s Hadid-designed ME Dubai hotel.The installation by Zaha Hadid hovers over the pond of the Victoria and Albert Museum.This same piece will later be moved to ME Dubai where it will be housed permanently.

Of her latest installaion piece, Hadid comments: “Crest is designed as a demountable sculpture to be installed at the ME Dubai. It is ‘precision engineered as a pre- stressed aluminum shell of minimum thickness.”

Zaha Hadid continued by saying that the aim of the sculptural piece is ‘to explore the relationships between fluid and Cartesian, solid and void, surface and structure inherent within the hotel’s design.’ Its temporary location at the V&A Museum will definitely explore just that as she mentions: ‘We envisaged a piece that would emerge from the fountain at the centre of the pool. Its futuristic appeal will lie in stark contrast to the mu- seum’s 19th century façade.” Hadid also mentions that the sculpture’s metallic surface will reflect the sky on one side and the rippling water on the underside.

As the Meliá Hotels brand is centered on culture and design, it is no wonder that ME Dubai Hotel, set to open in the Bur Khalifa District, will be launched with the Crest. Gabriel Escarrer, CEO Meliá Hotels Inter- national, stated that the luxury hotel, including its 100 rooms, penthouse suites, and Michelin-star restaurant (all furnished by Hadid) says: “We are very excited that this spectacular piece of public art will launch ME Dubai.”