November 1st 2009 cannot come sooner for racing fans, as the Formula 1 raceway circuit on Yas Island-Abu Dhabi nears completion just in time for the climax of the World Championship season. Yas Island is just off the coast of Abu Dhabi, and Yas Marina Circuit is a short drive from the capital city of the UAE and international airport.
One of the main architectural features of the Yas Marina development is the Yas Hotel, a stunning luxury hotel intended to cater to the wealth of visitors who will be attending events on the raceway. One of the main features of the lavishly modern Yas Hotel is that it is intertwined with the raceway, complete with a straight running through the hotel accessing it. And with its easy access by land air and sea, we imagine many high rollers will arrive in style, in a luxury rental car, yacht charter, or private air charter.
An extraordinary interplay between elegance and spectacle, Yas Marina development is an architectural landmark embodying key influences and aesthetics including movement, speed, geometry and tradition. The structure features a 217-meter breadth of sweeping, winding steel forms and 5,800 pivoting diamond-shaped glass panels-truly a spectacle to view. Other striking features include a pit-exit tunnel and a manicured waterfront section.
This grid-shell architecture acts as an atmospheric lid, containing two hotel towers and a bridge linking to the building complex. Due to this genius design, every single grandstand seat on Yas Marina Circuit is covered, a world first. This design is intended to put people first, whether they are spectators, media, teams or corporate guests and partners.
The grid shell essentially fuses the entire complex together while simultaneously producing captivating visual effects and spectral reflections of the desert, sea and sky. It resembles a colossal jewel in the desert, instilling a powerful sense of location and a fabulous backdrop for the Formula 1 and other events that will take place there.
The first Formula 1 Ethihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be taking place in an innovative, luxurious motorsport circuit, arguably the most exotic one built to date. This is a very wealthy region, and it is a big deal to have two of the stops on the F1 circuit in this diminutive region-money talks.
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