asymptote architecture: the yas hotel, abu dhabi

New york based asymptote architecture is nearing completion of their yas hotel project, in abu dhabi, uae. the yas hotel is a 500-room, 85,000-square-meter complex which is due to open on october 30, 2009 to coincide with the formula 1 etihad airways,
abu dhabi grand prix. The yas hotel is part of the ambitious 36-billion-dollar yas marina development and accompanying formula 1 raceway circuit, which is also near completion. 
The main feature of the project's design is 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 atmosphericlike 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. the grid-shell visually connects and fuses the entire complex together while producing optical effects and spectral reflections that play against the surrounding sky, sea and desert landscape. the architecture as a whole 'performs' as both an environmentallyresponsive solution as well as an architecture of spectacle 
and event.


Source : Designboom