Launch Slideshow

Yas Hotel

Yas Hotel

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    Bjorn Moerman

    A nighttime view of the marina, the hotel and it's illuminated gridshell, and the Formula One racetrack.

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    The hotel entryway at night.

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    The gridshell luminaires are carefully positioned so as to reduce light spill into the night sky and the hotel rooms.

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    Bjorn Moerman

    The gridshell's custom 3D media content is generated to create a sense of constant movement. Colors can remain solid or create an ombré effect.

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    A view of the Formula One racetrack that bisects the hotel's two towers.

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    The lighting control system uses a custom algorithm for an even apparent brightness. The design accounts for the variance in panel sizes and provides real-time temperature feedback.

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    Detail of the individual gridshell panels.

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    Courtesy Arup Lighting

    Arup Lighting conducted extensive solar studies so it could precisely position the grid shell panels for maximum solar control.

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    Asymptote Architects and Arup Lighting devised a frit pattern on the gridshell's glass panels to diffuse light and reduce glare, and integrated a custom-designed LED fixture atop each structural node.

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    Bjorn Moerman

    The building’s signature feature—a 183,000-square-foot gridshell structure of steel and glass—shields the hotel from the sun.

 

There is much that sets the Yas Marina Hotel apart from your run-of-the-mill international five-star lodging, but nothing so palpably as the Formula One (F1) racetrack that bisects the luxury destination's two towers. Asymptote Architecture and Arup Lighting were charged with delivering a building that would capture the excitement of the high-octane automobiles and satisfy the rigorous daylighting requirements of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates' desert environment. They responded by covering the 499-room resort with a steel gridshell structure that supports 5,000 fritted glass panels, each lit with a custom-designed, dynamic, programmable color-changing LED fixture.

The sleek, curvilinear form of the gridshell makes a fitting backdrop for the race. It also shades the towers, creating a stack effect that draws hot air away from the building. Detailed solar analyses aided in designing the complex glazing, which utilizes low-iron glass with a low-E coating and custom microfilter frit pattern.

While the glass aides the even distribution of light across the grid-shell, the design of the RGBW LED fixtures was also important. Each luminaire spotlights a single panel, while the electronics are housed in a globe on the underside of the gridshell frame. The entire assembly is tied together by a central control system that sends information to, and receives information from, the LEDs. Employing video-pixel mapping technology, the designers transformed the gridshell into a media façade. The two-way control system also helps to keep the LED fixtures from overheating in the sweltering atmosphere: When one luminaire signals a heat alarm, the entire façade dims in order to stay operational.

The dynamism of the gridshell's lighting scheme carries through to the landscape. Long-life ceramic metal halide lamps and 4000K LED neon replacement fixtures accentuate the hotel's swooping forms, creating a tight, swerving entry sequence that gives guests the feeling that they're speeding down the F1 raceway.

Jury Comments: It's an interesting integration of technology and aesthetics to solve multiple lighting requirements. • The gridshell structure is a fresh take on the idea of the media screen.