In Macau, southern China, a ceremony has been held to commemorate the topping out of Studio City Phase 2, a 250,000 sq m development designed by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA).
The art deco project, for developer Melco Resorts & Entertainment, will include two towers containing 900 rooms and suites, 21,000 sq m of shops and restaurants and 2,300 sq m of gaming space.
Studio City originally opened in 2015 and ZHA was appointed to design the extension in 2017.
Phase 2 will contain one of Asia’s largest indoor and outdoor water parks, a six-screen cineplex and conference and exhibition spaces.
The extension will have green features such as a triple graded facade to reduce solar glare, and gained a prize at the 2021 Breeam Awards.
David Sisk, Melco’s chief operating officer in Macau, said: “Since opening in 2015, Studio City has become a destination landmark in Macau with its unique entertainment theme and experience.
“The extension project will complement our existing offering of ‘next-generation’ world-class entertainment and further enhance the distinctive Studio City experience.”
Lawrence Ho, Melco Resorts & Entertainment chairman, said: “Studio City Phase 2 reaffirms our ongoing commitment to the city and contributes to reinforcing Macau’s non-gaming proposition in Asia and internationally. We are grateful for the support of the Central and Macau governments during the project construction.”
Studio City Phase 2 is due to be completed in December 2022.