Glistening jewel


Thursday, 12 July, 2012



Glistening jewel

Boasting thousands of diamond-shaped glass panels, the distinctive Yas Viceroy Hotel, on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, is an extremely ambitious engineering project in several ways.

Yas Viceroy, Abu Dhabi, is the impressive architectural feature of the ambitious Yas Marina development. Sitting on Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit, this distinctive 500-room hotel is designed to embody aesthetics associated with speed and spectacle; in fact, it's the world's first hotel to be built over an F1 race circuit.

New York architecture firm Asymptote Architecture worked closely with designers Jestico + Whiles and Richardson Sadeki to create this iconic structure.

Visitors are initially struck by the engineering feat that has been undertaken to create the incredible "grid shell". The 219-metre expanse of sweeping steel and 5096 diamond-shaped glass panels provides a 'veil' that drapes over the two hotel towers, which are linked by a bridge that crosses the Yas Marina Circuit. The optical effect is stunning, reflecting thousands of coloured lights against the surrounding sky, sea and desert landscape.

YAS VICEROY FACT FILE

SCOPE:

  • External/internal water features (7)
  • Interactive feature (2)
  • Swimming pool and lap pool

EXTERNAL FEATURES

  • Three water features

INTERNAL FEATURES

  • Bubbler pond
  • Reception lobby wall water feature
  • Staircase water feature
  • Waterfall feature

INTERACTIVE FEATURES

  • Water feature at kids' play area
  • Mist-shower feature
  • Swimming pool for adults and kids lap pool

MEP MANAGER: Mahesh Ayyappan

CIVIL MANAGER: Reji Paul Varghese

The hotel's exterior surface is designed as an environmentally responsive skin that by day reflects the sky and surroundings and at night is lit by a full colour-changing LED lighting system that incorporates video feeds that are transmitted over the entire surface of the building.

Belhasa Projects LLC was the water feature and pool consultant for Yas Viceroy. Here, we uncover the various facets of this company's work on the project.

WATER FEATURE 1

Water recirculation system via filter pumps treated with sand filtration with auto-backwashing associated with plumbing works/necessary control valves and chlorine-free disinfection system.

Programmable fountain jets through Choreoswitch sequencing plume nozzle via fountain pumps with multi-coloured underwater lights.

PROGRAMMABLE FOUNTAIN JETS

The Crystal Fountain Choreoswitch is a water-level independent sequencing nozzle assembly that creates programmable effects at a high switching speed, up to 10 times per second, when receiving a signal from a programmable logic controller. Multiple Choreoswitches can create a wide variety of geometrical patterns such as spirals, tilting plates, alpha-numeric characters and travelling waves. Different heights can be produced via the variable-speed drive pump.

WATER FEATURE 2

Type of system: Water recirculation system via filter pumps treated with sand filtration with auto-backwashing associated with plumbing works/necessary control valves and chlorine-free disinfection system. Programmable fountain jets through Choreoswitch sequencing plume nozzle via fountain pumps with multi-coloured underwater lights.

WATER FEATURE 3

Type of system: Water recirculation system via filter pumps treated with sand filtration with auto-backwashing associated with plumbing works/necessary control valves and chlorine-free disinfection system. Interactive fountain jets through column-effect nozzle via fountain pumps with multi-coloured underwater lights.

BUBBLER POND

Type of system: Water recirculation system via filter treated with sand filtration with backwashing associated with plumbing works/necessary control valves. Separate system to foam-effect nozzle via feeding pumps with auto-level sensor and underwater lights.

RECEPTION LOBBY WATERFALL

Type of system: Water recirculation system via filter pumps treated with sand filtration with manual backwashing associated with surge tank, plumbing works/necessary control valves and E-clear disinfection system.

Waterfall effect via waterfall pumps with stainless-steel waterfall channel, automatic water top-up system and colour-changing underwater lights.

STAIRCASE WATER FEATURE

Type of system: Water recirculation system via filter pumps treated with sand filtration with manual backwashing associated with balancing tank, plumbing works/necessary control valves and E-clear disinfection system.

Waterfall effect via waterfall pumps with stainless-steel waterfall channel below each step through fine nozzles with automatic water top-up system and colour-changing underwater lights.

WATERFALL

Type of system: Water recirculation system via filter pumps treated with sand filtration with manual backwashing associated with balancing tank, plumbing works/necessary control valves and chlorine-free disinfection system.

Waterfall effect via waterfall pumps through a stainless-steel channel hidden behind the wall; the water flows into a collection basin and is recirculated. The system has colour-changing underwater lights.

WATER FEATURE AT KIDS' PLAY AREA

Type of system: Water recirculation system via filter pumps treated with sand filtration with auto-backwashing associated with balancing tank, plumbing works/necessary control valves and chlorine-free disinfection system.

Water spouts out from nozzles as the switches within the load cells are activated. The system also has colour-changing lights.

This is a kids' interactive water feature. As kids step onto the load cell hidden below, the water spouts out and the fun continues.

MIST-SHOWER

Type of system: A cold, fine mist effect throughout the shower cabin designed to alternate and contrast with heat treatments. A unit comprises two built-in panels that face each other. The removable panels have an enamel finish and feature 16 specially designed fine nozzles. The water distribution circuit and valves are housed behind the panels. A push-button control is also built into the system. This generates a fine mist of water at high pressure to give a soothing effect.

ADULT AND KIDS' POOL

Type of system: Water recirculation system via filter pumps treated with sand filtration with auto-backwashing associated with plumbing works/necessary control valves and chlorine-free oxidation and ionisation system. A heat exchanger is provided for the heating and cooling of pool water. It's fitted with mini multi-coloured underwater lights.

LAP POOLS (2)

Type of system: Water recirculation system via filter pumps treated with sand filtration with auto-backwashing associated with plumbing works/necessary control valves and chlorine-free oxidation and ionisation system. A heat exchanger is provided for the heating and cooling of pool water. The two lap pools are fitted with multi-coloured underwater lights.

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