Winner of the Hospitality & Leisure Project of the Year, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the world’s largest indoor theme park. Designed by Benoy for Aldar Properties, the project features over 20 rides and attractions including the world’s fastest rollercoaster.
Benoy’s gargantuan building, which opened in November 2010, features some staggering dimensions. Spanning 700m from tip to tip, the scheme has an enclosed footprint of 100,000m2. The total surface area of the colossal red roof is 200,000m2 , while the total perimeter of the roof is 2,200m2. The highest point of the structure is 45 metres.
Ferrari World sits at the centre of Aldar’s US$36bn Yas Island, a huge leisure resort that hosts the emirate’s F1 Grand Prix. Due to the shape of the island and the position of the site, the building was conceived as a simple ‘ground hugging’ form, peeling up from the landscape in flowing lines like a red sand dune. In plan, the building is a three pointed star with a main core enclosed element and three large ‘tri-form’ arms cradling the outdoor attractions.
Benoy’s vision was to create a form that was unmistakably Ferrari. Accordingly, the architectural solution is said to “reflect Ferrari’s sinuous form, directly inspired by the classic double curve side of the Ferrari GT chassis”. The double curve was proportionately applied in elevation once the function and scale of the inner spaces had been derived, setting the structure’s length and height.
Functional requirements included the need to house the attractions in a large environmentally controlled zone while allowing the attractions to engage properly with the racetrack, rollercoasters and surrounding facilities of the theme park.
With its glistening silver edging, the metal skinned red roof was designed with the direct input of Ferrari S.p.A and forms the backdrop to the largest Ferrari logo ever created, at 65m by 48.5m. The roof is highly insulated while the main façades utilise thermally efficient glass to reduce loads and glare.
A total of 12,370 tonnes of steel were used to support the roof. Internally, a geometric Mero space-frame structure covers a huge undulating plaza deck which contains many of the theme park’s rides and attractions.
Location: Yas Island, Abu Dhabi