Another landmark hotel is all set to make its debut in UAE. Designed by the New York based Asymptote Architecture, the Yas Hotel in Abu Dhabi, UAE is almost nearing completion. Another architectural wonder, this massive 85,000-square-meter complex will boast of 500 rooms. Asymptote’s founders and partners Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture claim this architectural landmark has been inspired by the ‘art’ and poetics of motor racing, specifically Formula 1, as well as the celebration of Abu Dhabi as a cultural and technological tour de force. The main feature of this structure is the massive 217-meter expanse of sweeping, curvilinear forms constructed of steel and 5,800 pivoting diamond-shaped glass panels. This Grid-Shell is like a veil that covers the entire hotel including the 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 is not just a design masterpiece but the optical effects and spectral reflections that it produces against the backdrop of the open sky and desert are sure to mesmerize one and all. A unique structure it promises to become the perfect host to celebrate various events including Formula 1.
One look at the Yas Hotel and you know that the architects aim of making this structure a significant landmark destination on Yas Island for Abu Dhabi and the UAE has definitely been accomplished.