This futuristic hotel on Yas Island, close to Abu Dhabi International Airport, adjacent Yas Marina and above the state of the art Formula 1 race track, is certainly not your average beige hotel. Some people say the hotel was inspired by the motion of an airborne fishing net, others say it’s a veil, It could be the skin of a snake, the facets of a gem or ripples on water.
Asymptote Architecture, the New York firm behind the project, was inspired by the movement of the Formula One car and the notion of billowing desert tents with the grid’s geometry based on algorithms in traditional Islamic architecture. They looked into a modern equivalent to the mathematics that produced some of the most beautiful Islamic architecture in history.
The hotel opened in time for the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in 2009 and features 14 bars and restaurants, presenting guests
with foods originating from all over the world.
The interior spaces are bright, airy futuristic and curvaceous, designed by the Jestico + Whiles with ESPA Spa by Richardson
The corridors certainly have distinctive automotive or aeronautical lines. It must be hard to resist breaking into a run, unless you have just tucked into a buffet.
The free form joinery of the rooms is nicely offset by geometrical repetition of the timber herringbone parquetry floors. The furniture seems a we bit small for the spaces.
One leaves the bright freshness and speed of the hotel to enter the dark richness of the ESPA Spa.
Only to emerge into the light again, rejuvenated.
There are two rooftop pools, Longitude and Latitude and the Skylite lounge and Rush Nightclub, opened all night for guests who fancy dancing, as well as the world famous ESPA spa.
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