• Yas Hotel
    © Bjorn Moerman Photography
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Yas Hotel

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2009

Yas Hotel is a five star signature hotel next to the Formula 1 racetrack on Yas Island. The iconic glazed veil visually connects two buildings located on both sides of the racetrack. Its structural system is a grid shell that consists of the triangulated mega structure and the quadrangular grid. The free flowing grid shell is structurally one piece without any expansion joints and is supported vertically by 10 V-shaped columns. Due to its size and extreme temperature changes, the grid shell must be able to slide under temperature movements. Therefore eight out of ten supports are able to slide in one direction, with the other two acting as fixed supports. Wind loads are transferred to the concrete hotel structure by horizontal struts. It is covered by 5.800 pivoting diamond-shaped glass panels and features LED lighting at each node that allow for programmed lighting and image sequences over the whole surface.


  • Location

    Abu Dhabi, UAE

  • Architect

    Asymptote Architecture, New York

  • Cooperation

    Dewan Architects & Engineers, Abu Dhabi; Waagner-Biro, Wien

  • Client

    ALDAR Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  • Our Scope of Work

    conceptual and construction design for the structure of the grid shell

  • Length x width x height max. 217 m x 44 m x 35 m
  • Number of panels 5,800
  • Material rectangular hollow sections, tubes S355J2H
    cast steel G20Mn5+QT
  • Surface 17,000 m²
  • Steel approx. 2,100 t
  • Number of rooms 499
  • Yas Hotel © Bjorn Moerman Photography
  • Yas Hotel © Bjorn Moerman Photography
  • Yas Hotel © Bjorn Moerman Photography
  • Yas Hotel © Bjorn Moerman Photography
  • Yas Hotel © Bjorn Moerman Photography

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