Every year, Tatler invites the recipients of its Most Stylish Woman award—one from each of its eight regions— to take part in a glamorous photo shoot at an iconic location. This time our eight standard-bearers were whisked off to Macau to discover its latest landmark, Morpheus, a dramatic one-of-a-kind resort designed by Zaha Hadid at the City of Dreams complex. Named after the shape-shifting Greek god of dreams, it is a fitting legacy for the late Iraqi-British architect, known for her futuristic, free-flowing designs, and was the perfect venue to showcase the glamour of our style mavens.
The property was abuzz with excitement as the eight awardees arrived with an entourage of social-media photographers, hair and make-up artists and personal stylists. The dressing room was a treasure trove of the season’s latest fashions and jewellery, with some enviable ball gowns and other dresses brought by the women themselves.
Morpheus, with its astounding 35-metre-high atrium and unconventional geometric configuration, offered plenty of creative spaces for the three-day shoot, which kicked off with an epic group shot at the property’s exhibition space, Art on 23, where a towering Kaws sculpture stands.
Billed as the world’s first example of free-form highrise architecture, the otherworldly Morpheus features a dramatic glass and steel facade, a sculptural design inspired by the ancient Chinese artistry of jade carving. The genius of Morpheus’ 40-storey structure becomes apparent when you step inside to discover a clever, cavernous kaleidoscope of spaces that immerse guests in the hotel’s unique aesthetic. Within the open-plan layout, 12 glass-sided panoramic lifts emphasise the height of the white-marble lobby and provide spectacular views of both the dynamic interior and the Macau cityscape. Between the free-form voids that traverse the atrium, soaring bridges create spaces for the hotel’s elegant shops, celebrity-chef restaurants, bars and guest lounges.
This story appears in the January 2019 issue of Indonesia Tatler. For the full story, grab the copy at your nearest newsstand, or subscribe here.