Buildings, Commerce & Service

Yas Hotel

© Bjorn Moerman Photography

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 a triangulated mega structure and a 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.

Abu Dhabi, UAE
Asymptote Architecture, New York
Dewan Architects & Engineers, Abu Dhabi; Waagner-Biro, Wien
ALDAR Properties PJSC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Hans Schober
Facade, Free-form, Glass

Technical Data

Length x width x height
max. 217 m x 44 m x 35 m
17,000 m²
Number of panels
approx. 2,100 t
rectangular hollow sections, tubes S355J2H
cast steel G20Mn5+QT
Number of rooms


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