Yas Marina and Hotel

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Asymptote's design of the Yas Island Marina Hotel architecture reconciles the dramatic site conditions with the ambitious program to contain a luxury 500-room hotel with extensive amenities situated above a Formula! Racetrack and within a Yacht Marina.
The architecture is comprised of two 300m long elliptical blocks each ten story high, one being a land based structure while the other is located in the Marina inlet waters.A large free-span, fuselage like steel bridge spanning the F-1 racetrack below connects both hotel towers, affording unprecedented views onto the race and environs.
The entire complex is covered in a monumental steel and glass lattice grid shell structure that produces the Hotels now famous iconic image.While the gridshell structure gives the building its image and form it also serves an environmental purpose for the building by assisting in the stack effect of exiting heated air up and over the facades of the building, something especially important in the hot arid Abu Dhabi climate. This complex geometric skin reflects the sky and surroundings by day, and by night is fully lit by way of a state of the art programmable LED lighting system.

Asymptote's design enables the merging of an active marina environment with the spectacle and energy of the annual Formula One Grand Prix while also projecting a modern image of Abu Dhabi onto the international stage.
Project Information
Date: 2010

Size: 85,000 sqm

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Client: Aldar properties, PJSC Abu Dhabi


Local Architects: Dewan Architects & Engineers/ Tilke & Partners Abu Dhabi

Structural Engineers: Dewan Architects & Engineers/Arup Abu Dhabi

Fa├žade Consultants: Front Inc., Taw & partner New York

Gridshell Engineers: Schlaich Bergermann und Partner,Stuttgart,

Waagner-Biro Vienna Gridshell

BIM Consultant: Gehry Technologies Los Angeles

Gridshell Lighting Consultant: Arup Lighting New York , Netherlands

Design Team
Architect: Asymptote Architecture

Design Architects: Hani Rashid, Lise Anne Couture

Project Directors: Mick McConnell, Andrew Drummond

Project Managers: Theo Sarantoglou Lalis, Constantin Doehler, Matthew Utley, David Lessard, Kurt Hanzlik

Design Team: Klaus Ransmayr, Greg Derrico, Danny Abalos, Theo Sarantoglou Lalis, Keehyun Ahn, Sebastian Andia, Armand Graham, David Lessard, Sophie Luger

Bernardo Crespo, Reed Finlay, William Garcia, Moritz Greiling, Justine Groves, John Guida, Kurt Hanzlik, Robert Hendrick, Tyson Hosmer, Robert Ivanov, Jeremiah Joseph, Feby Kuriakose, Brooks McDaniel, Jonathan Podborsek, Ben Ritter, Greg Spaw, Ariane Stracke, Linda Stromgren, Kyle Stover, Tae-Hyung Park, Martin Zangerl, Christoph Ziegler

Manca Ahlin, Phuttipan Askawool, Ali Baker, Christoph Boeckeler, Julie Bogdanowicz, Remi Chevrillon, Cluadia Friesz, Hiroe Fujimoto, Daniel Angulo Garcia, Daniel Gillen, Avital Gourary, Richard Heger, Katharina Hieger, Julia Hoins, Ji Young Kim, Siyoung Kim, Jonathan Kleinhample, Adam Koogler, Rolando Lineros, Brendan Maloney, Mirai Morita, Tom Raymont, Friedrich Rohde, Isabelle Rijnties, Sander Schuur, Greg Spaw, Jeff Walker, Robert Wehinger, Michael Whalen, Ann Wright, Margaret Yoo