T+L Design Awards 2011
Gerry O'Leary/Courtesy of Asymptote Architecture
Best Hotel (More Than 100 Rooms)Yas Hotel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Designed by Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture, Asymptote Architecture
This 499-room hotel has brave-new-world bravado and future-is-now daring to spare: two 12-story steel-and-glass towers connected by a bridge, under which fantastically fast cars speed by during Formula One races. Most dramatically, Rashid and Couture draped the hotel, top down, with a sinuous, biomorphic “veil” that acts like an environmentally responsive second skin, by day reflecting the sky and the surroundings, by night lit by a spectacular LED system. Doubles from $220.
From the Jury
“Yas pushes the boundaries of hotel design.” —Nadja Swarovski