The Yas Hotel by Asymptote architects is nearing completion in Abu Dhabi, UAE.
The building forms part of the Yas Marina development accompanying a new Formula One circuit.
The race track will pass through the complex under a bridge linking the two towers of the hotel.
A canopy made of steel and diamond-shaped, glass panels will be supported over the towers and bridge.
The 500-room hotel is due for completion in October this year to coincide with the Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Images: The Yas Hotel – Abu Dhabi, UAE 2007–2009. Asymptote: Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture.
The following information is from Asymptote:
The Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, Designed by Asymptote Architecture, Opens October 2009
Asymptote Architecture, the award-winning, New York-based practice, nears completion of The Yas Hotel project in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The Yas Hotel is a 500-room, 85,000-square-meter complex now under construction by Aldar Properties PJSC. Asymptote was awarded the commission to design the buildings and environs from a closed competition two years ago targeting an opening date of October 30, 2009 to coincide with the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The Yas Hotel is one of the main architectural features of the ambitious 36-billion-dollar Yas Marina development and accompanying Formula 1 raceway circuit, also near completion. Asymptote’s founders and partners Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture 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.
Of 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.