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The Yas Hotel

Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
Asymptote Architecture

Completion Date: October 2009

Owner: Aldar Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi

The Yas Hotel
Photo © Gerry O'Leary

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Program: A 914,932 -square-foot hotel built over a Formula 1 racetrack, including 499 rooms and suites, eight restaurants, a rooftop cabana, a business center, a spa, a gym, and two rooftop swimming pools.

Design concept and solution: The Asymptote team wanted to create a landmark for Yas Island that would draw on local and global influences and provide a sense of spectacle.

Two 12-story hotel towers (one set within the race circuit, the other over the marina) are linked with a monocoque steel and glass bridge that passes over the racetrack. The towers are united under a vast glass sheath. This curvilinear shell, made up of more than 5,000 diamond-shaped glazed panels, uses geometric repetition to evoke Islamic craft traditions. During the day it reflects the sky and the surroundings; at night the hotel’s lighting programs take over, changing the colors of the panels through the shell’s LED illumination system.

Asymptote Architecture
11-45 46th Ave.
LIC, NY 11101
P: 212.343.7333
F: 718.937.3320

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