What a pretty jewel the Yas Viceroy Hotel is on the island of Yas, Abu Dhabi. Its ever changing illuminated grid-shell lights up the surroundings with its purples and its reds; 219 meters of sweeping steel and 5,096 diamond-shaped glass panels crest around the hotels like an exoskeleton enveloping the two twelve storey hotel towers, the link between them being a monocoque steel and glass bridge. The executive suites aren’t too shabby either…
Those diamond-shaped panels at night glow, transforming the property into a beacon. Sitting up top, poolside, the view has no comparison: marina on one side, Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit on the other, and sophisticated luxury all around.
Designed by New York-based Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture of Asymptote Architcture, the hotel’s exterior surface is an environmentally responsive skin that by day reflects the sky and surroundings. Arup Lighting created the unique pixelated lighting which allows colours to flow smoothly across the double curved surface by night.
Monocoque construction supports structural load by using the hotel’s external skin, as opposed to using an internal frame or truss that is then covered with a non-load-bearing skin or coachwork. It is with this stressed skin that the Yas Viceroy stands apart from all other destination resorts in the region.
If you want to experience modern Arabic hospitality with a sense of occasion, like we did when staying on Yas Island, the Yas Viceroy provides it all. The place is architectural eye candy at its very best.