Created and conceived to be an architectural landmark, this massive modern hotel consists of two, twelve-story towers, one set within the race circuit and another placed in the Marina itself. A monocoque of steel and glass bridge links the two towers together, crossing over both the Yas Marina and F1 racetrack.
The hallmark of the Yas Viceroy is its dramatic cover—a 217-meter curvilinear expanse of glass and steel dubbed the “grid shell.” The near constant sun in Abu Dhabi reflects elegantly off the gridshell panels during the day, creating a smooth snakeskin-like appearance. To turn the grid-shell into a breathtaking architectural display at night required a unique solution.
Each of the glass panels would need its own light source that could produce a full spectrum of color and be dynamically controlled to create infinite variations in lighting effects. In addition, the light fittings would have another challenge to overcome—the harsh conditions of the Abu Dhabi desert. With temperatures reaching over 40°C and winds up to 120 km/h, the luminaires had to be able to handle this harsh environment.