Global architecture firm HOK has released designs for the new Yas Arena which comprises of a 18,000 capacity indoor venue, e capable of hosting sport, entertainment and other events year-round on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.
HOK, who is part of the WSP-led team responsible for delivering the design of Yas Arena (with support from Pascall+Watson), has released more designs for the new venue, which will be the first multipurpose built arena in the city.
The development comprises three distinct areas: Yas Bay, a public waterfront and entertainment district; the Media Zone, the new campus of twofour54; and the Residences at Yas Bay, an urban island community.
HOK said in a release that the facility’s “dynamic form and illuminated lantern facade” is intended to both complement and animate the expanding waterfront promenade at Yas Bay.
“Our goal is to create an exceptional entertainment experience for fans and spectators,” said John Rhodes, a director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice. “Yas Arena will be the centrepiece of the development and serve as a destination on Yas Island.”
“Our team knew the building needed to be smart, adaptable and technologically-advanced in order to efficiently transform for the wide variety of events the client wished to host,” added Rhodes. “This transformability will make Yas Arena one of the most sophisticated arenas in the world.”
The arena is designed to expand from an intimate 500-seat theater to an 18,000-capacity venue, maximizing revenue and supporting a wide variety of events. This focus on flexibility carries over to premium and back-of-house spaces as well.
The flexibility of the arena allows the space to be used for a diverse set of events, including community gatherings, concerts, performances, sporting events, and meetings and conventions. Premium spaces include a VIP lounge that can be transformed into a grand ballroom for events, hospitality boxes and unique terrace bars for receptions and parties.
Additional amenities, including food and beverage, will be located adjacent to the arena, also designed by HOK, to create a linear street that stretches down the waterfront promenade.
This outdoor concourse will create a festival-like atmosphere to generate year-round activity. in addition to providing connectivity to the surrounding district on Yas Bay.
The new venue will be built as part of Miral’s $3.27bn entertainment, leisure master development project planned for Yas Island.
Miral will invest just over $1bn (AED4bn) on phase one of the 14 million square feet development to transform the southern end of Yas Island’s into a “global destination for family entertainment and leisure”.