The Yas Hotel by Asymptote Architecture

The Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates designed by New York-based Asymptote Architecture.

The Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates designed by New York-based Asymptote Architecture. The Yas Hotel, a  500-room, 85,000-square-meter structure made up of  two twelve story hotel towers linked together by a monocoque steel and  glass bridge A  Grid Shell structure that both cross above and over the  Yas Marina Circuit F1 race track. It is the first new hotel in the world to be built over an F1 race circuit. The hotel’s exterior surface is designed as an environmentally responsive skin that by day reflects the sky and surroundings and by night is lit by a full color changing LED lighting system that incorporate video feeds that are transmitted over the entire surface of the building.

Asymptote Architecture created and conceived of the  building as an architectural landmark embodying key influences and local  and global inspirations ranging from the aesthetics and forms  associated with speed and spectacle to the artistry and geometries that  form the basis of ancient Islamic art and craft traditions. Of architectural and engineering significance is the main feature of  the hotelʼs design; a 217-meter expanse of sweeping, curvilinear glass  and steel covering that is made up of 5,800 pivoting diamond-shaped  glass panels. This Grid-Shell component is a key aspect of the overall  architectural design and significance of the project by producing an  atmospheric-like veil visible from miles away.

The two hotel towers, one being set within the race circuit, and  another placed in the Marina itself, are physically linked by a sculpted  steel monocoque bridge construction that passes above the Formula 1  track. The bridge along with the Grid-Shell visually connect and fuse  the entire Yas Hotel complex. The Yas Hotel was designed by Asymptote to  become a significant and important landmark for Abu Dhabi. The  pixelated lighting design by Asymptote in collaboration with Arup  Lighting creates a dynamic appearance at night, with colours flowing  smoothly across the double curved surface.

The hotel embodies 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, a perfect union and harmonious  interplay between elegance and spectacle. The search here was inspired  by what one could call the ‘art’ and poetics of motor racing,  specifically Formula 1, coupled with the making of a place that  celebrates Abu Dhabi as a cultural and technological tour de force. The Yas Hotel by Asymptote Architecture is designed between 2007 – 2009 years.