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Yas Hotel
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DESIGNER
 
 
Asymptote
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DESCRIPTION
 
Yas Hotel Asymptote Abu DhabiThe Yas Hotel, a 500-room, 85,000-square-meter complex, is one of the main architectural features of the ambitious 36-billion-dollar Yas Marina development and accompanying Formula 1 raceway circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Asymptote envisioned an architectural landmark embodying various key influences and inspirations ranging from the aesthetics and forms associated with speed, movement and spectacle to the artistry and geometries forming the basis of ancient Islamic art and craft traditions.

Yas Hotel Asymptote Abu DhabiOf architectural and engineering significance is the main feature of the project’s design, a 217-meter expanse of sweeping, curvilinear forms constructed of steel and 5,800 pivoting diamond-shaped glass panels. This Grid-Shell component affords the building an architecture comprised of an atmospheric-like veil that contains two hotel towers and a link bridge constructed as a monocoque sculpted steel object passing above the Formula 1 track that makes its way through the building complex. The Grid-Shell visually connects and fuses the entire complex together while producing optical effects and spectral reflections that play against the surrounding sky, sea and desert landscape. The architecture as a whole “performs” as both an environmentally responsive solution as well as an architecture of spectacle and event. The entire jewel-like composition of the project responds visually and tectonically to its environment to create a distinct and powerful sense of place as well as a breathtaking backdrop to the Formula 1 and other events that the building will celebrate.

The Yas Hotel is designed to be a significant landmark destination on Yas Island for Abu Dhabi and the UAE at large.

Hani Rashid
describes the buildings design and it's architecture as: "A perfect union and harmonious interplay between elegance and spectacle. The search for us was to achieve an inspired architectural response to what one might call the 'art and poetics' of speed, specifically as it relates to Formula 1 and motor racing. That notion coupled with the making of a building that celebrates Abu Dhabi itself as a cultural and technological tour de force.
The Yas Hotel Quick Facts
Asymptote Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi• Built over a short period of only 22 months

• Yas Presidential Suites are 409sqm showcasing the magnificent architecture of the building, with a private elevator, lap pool, and dining for 16 people.

• The “Gridshell” cloaks the building and provides a unique appearance and acts as a shade from the sun .The Gridshell comprises of 5,096 individual panes of glass which can be lit via a sophisticated LED system, programmed to provide different shades and colours across the façade of the hotel.

• The hotel consists of two primary buildings; one sits in the Yas Marina, and the other on the Yas Marina Circuit. Both are connected via a link bridge.

• The bridge connection consists of an executive mezzanine level for VIPs and Rush, Abu Dhabi’s hottest new night spot.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
United Arab Emirates [Al-Imarat al-'Arabiya al Muttahida]
Emirate
Abu-Dhabi [Abū Ẓabī]
Town
Abu-Dhabi [Abū Ẓabī]
Isle
Yas Island
Address
Yas Marina Circuit
 
 
Telephone
+971.2.656.0000
Fax
+971.2.656.0001
Website
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for travel and tourism
Hotels
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2007     project winner of competition
Realisation
2007 - 2009
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AWARDS
 
2011
Design Award for Best Hotel (more than 100 rooms)
Travel + Leisure
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BIBILIOGRAPHIC REFERENCES
 
 
Cesare Maria Mannucci, "L'isola del tesoro", Autosprint 32/33, 11 agosto 2009, "F.1" pp. 26-31
"Nuovi orizzonti F.1. Arriva Abu Dhabi", Autosprint 32/33, 11 agosto 2009, "F.1" pp. 26-27 (26-31)

"Paradiso d'oriente", Autosprint 32/33, 11 agosto 2009, "F.1" pp. 27-28 (26-31)
"Grand Prix hotel on track", Building 8576, 24 april 2009, p. 11
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CLIENT
 
 
Aldar Properties PJSC
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
site sq.m. 85.000
Number
rooms 500
dimond shaped glass panels 5.800
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STRUCTURES
 
 
Dewan Architects & Engineers, Abu Dhabi
ARUP, New York
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LANDSCAPE DESIGN
 
 
Cracknell Landscape Architects, Abu Dhabi
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STAFF
 
Architect of record
Dewan Architects & Engineers, Abu Dhabi
Tilke & Partners W.L.L., Dubai
Engineering
Grid-Shell Engineers:
Schlaich Bergermann und Partner (SBP), Stuttgart
Waagner-Biro, Vienna

Link Bridge Engineers:
ARUP Bridge, New York
Centraal Staal, Groningen, The Netherlands
Systems
Red Engineering Middle East, Dubai
Facades consultant
Front Inc., New York
TAW & Partner, Hamburg
Lighting consultant
LAPD Lighting Design, Hertfordshire, UK
Bartenbach LichtLabor GmbH, Innsbruck, Austria
Red Engineering Middle East, Dubai
ARUP Lighting, New York

Grid-Shell:
ARUP Lighting, New York
BIM consultant (Building Information Modeling)
Gehry Technologies, Los Angeles & New York
Interior design
Asymptote Architecture
Jestico + Whiles, London
Richardson Sadeki, New York
De8 Architetti, Bergamo, Italy
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Other dossiers Yas Island
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CREDITS
 
 
Images © Asymptote Architecture: Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture
Text edited by Asymptote Architecture: Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture
Courtesy by Asymptote Architecture: Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture

Asymtote Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi



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