Dubai might be crumbling, but the other big city in the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi, has a few projects that just squeaked past the financial meltdown. Chief among them: The $36 billion Yas Marina development. The centerpiece of which is the newly completed Yas Hotel.
Designed by Asymptote, the firm founded by Hani Rashid, the hotel’s big draw is a shell composed of over 5,300 diamond-shaped steel panels,
containing nearly 5,000 LEDs. It’s been billed as the world’s largest remote-controlled LED.
The hotel itself has 500 rooms–which are meant to command a steep price, since the entire complex’s other big draw is a Formula 1 circuit which winds through the very heart of the hotel.
And that, folks, is Dubai/Abu Dhabi architecture in a nutshell: F1 not enough? How about $36 billion in new buildings? New buildings not enough? How about one that lights up like the biggest, tackiest Christmas tree you’ve ever seen?
Tell me again how no one saw the credit bubble coming?