If you think your neighbor’s holiday lighting spectacle is an exercise in excess, wait till you see the world’s largest LED project, recently completed in Abu Dhabi. Created by Asymptote Architecture with lighting design by Arup, The Yas Hotel is a wrapped with a sparkling shell composed of more than 5,300 diamond-shaped panels bristling with over 5,000 LED fixtures. The curvilinear field of lights is capable of running color-changing light sequences and can even display low-res three-dimensional videos.
Every now and then a project comes along that blows our minds with its incredible display of excess. Case in point: the recently completed Yas Hotel, which consists of two 12-story buildings topped with a massive neon canopy that traverses a Formula-1 race track. The 85,000 square-meter complex includes 500 rooms, although we can’t imagine that all those blinking lights and zipping cars would make for a good night’s sleep.
While we applaud the The Yas Hotel‘s use of LEDs and it’s boundary-pushing design, we can’t help but feel that the boundaries being pushed are those of good taste. Although LEDs are one of our favorite sources of energy-efficient light, covering an entire building with them only stands to transform it into a monumental beacon of wasteful excess.
Photos by Bjorn Moermann