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Architecture from Commission to Construction by Jennifer Hudson

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The Yas Marina Hotel

Asymptote: Hani Rashid + Lise Anne Couture

Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Principal use: 500-room, 5-star hotel

Client: Aldar Properties PJSC

Site area: 35,000 m2 (376,736½ ft2)

Interior area: building A: 45,000 m2 (484,375½ ft2); building B: 26,000 m2 (279,861½ ft2)

Total build area: 85,000 m2 (914,931½ ft2)

Design and construction period: Construction: November 2007 – October 2009 (design and build overlapped on a fast-track schedule)

Budget: Withheld at owner’s request

The Yas Marina Hotel is the main feature of the ambitious $36 billion Yas Marina development in Abu Dhabi, and is the first hotel in the world to be built over a Formula One race circuit.

Asymptote was founded in 1989 and from the beginning Rashid and Couture ...

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