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Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Monday 09 Nov 2009

Overtaking Dubai

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi by Benoy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Ferrari World Abu Dhabi by Benoy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Ferrari World Abu Dhabi by Benoy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Ferrari World Abu Dhabi by Benoy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Ferrari World Abu Dhabi by Benoy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Ferrari World Abu Dhabi by Benoy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates Ferrari World Abu Dhabi by Benoy in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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11/11/09 P Jaworski, London
very bad landscaping..
11/11/09 Eon, Chicago
Is it really sustainable to build in the desert, using technologies that are not specific to the land?<p>

Is it really green to destroy the natural habitat ( even if it is a desert!), so we can have another shopping center?
How much carbon has been emited in the steel factories of India and China, for the production of the steel structure for this project?
How much diesel has been burned by the ships bringing all this construction material?<p>

How much pollution has been dumped into the Pacific and the Indian Oceans by those ships?<p>

And what are all those people coming from? The ones that will inhabit the towers and the towns of Abu Dhabi?
Does Abu Dhabi really have a demographic explosion?, so they need to build ad infinitum?
or it is just the need to spend all the money from us, the purchasers of the middle east oil?
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10/11/09 james, London
the biggest and worst bit of industrial design i have seen
10/11/09 ragmont, los angeles
I am always suprised by what they green light in this town. Just bad.
10/11/09 Steve, Portland
A complete and utter waste of materials.
It looks like a giant bacteria overtaking the dessert.
Grand Funnel? Perhaps this will generate the whirlpool that will suck Abu Dhabi into the sea where it is inevitably destined.
10/11/09 Mark Greatrix, Vancouver
Very strange building form that somehow eludes the suggestion that it is representative of a GT chassis. The aerodynamics of the automobile body would be a more recognizable and representative shape to emulate. Reminds me of a starfish.
10/11/09 RAD, Design
10/11/09 B. Ignatov, NYC
Another huge bullshit.
10/11/09 Temoor Ahmad, Madrid
I have to agree with the sentiment of the last two comments (hopefully the first one is sarcastic).<p>

I was always hoping that the emergence of Abu Dhabi was going to be in a much more tasteful manner (The Jean Nouvel Louvre is a great example of this). But alas, the seemingly constant need for label-flaunting, mind-numbing, candy-floss entertainment in the Middle-East seems without an end.<p>

DESIGN INTENT: I suppose that, as far as "the world's largest theme park" (Well done, another meaningful achievement!) goes, having something in the shape of a giant wearing a red suit (with the bellybutton area exposed) lying on his back is not too bad at all.<p>

SUSTAINABILITY: I'm sure there is some cunning plan to minimise the HUGE cleaning costs (cheap staff?) to keep the roof clean and recognisable from the air as I am assuming that is what the giant Ferrari logo is there for, and that "the world's largest theme park" will somehow not have "the world's largest air conditioning bill".
So much for lessons learned, and the sobering effects of the recession.
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10/11/09 n.baker, glasgow
I've always been baffled by the Gulf mega developments. They are all extremely low-lying and the artificial islands lowest of all probably. Yet no one has ever explained what will happen when the sea level rises. Will they just be written off as tax losses?
Also what is the energy consumption for this huge building? Sustainable? Really?
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Ferrari World takes Abu Dhabi development to the extreme 

Ever since Enzo Ferrari made his competitive debut as a racing driver in 1919 his name has roused awe amongst generations of auto-enthusiasts. More than seventy years after the first cars by the entrepreneurial Italian were conceived in 1937 Ferrari has developed into much more than a car manufacturer…Ferrari is the essence of speed, a multi-billion dollar brand, and a must-have for rising playground for the rich - Abu Dhabi.

Currently under construction in the UAE capital’s Yas Island entertainment district, also home to the new Formula 1 race track and Yas Hotel, is Ferrari World – the world’s largest indoor theme park with an enclosed footprint of 100,000 sq m. Seven football pitches long from tip to tip, the tri-form is an extreme building for extreme entertainment encompassing two roller coasters which will push the limits at 200kph and a 60metre high G-Force Tower which is designed to create one of the ‘most intense freefall experiences in the world’.

Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the bearer of many spectacular statistics. The 201,000 sq m roof, which will show Ferrari World as the centrepiece of Yas Island to those passing in aeroplanes above, contains enough aluminium to cover 16,750 Ferrari’s or, alternatively, the Vatican City in Rome. And if the building was put on end, it would be the world’s tallest building with 300 stories.

But Ferrari World’s design is not simply about scale. Ferrari’s President Luca Cordero di Montezemolo has developed a focus on architecture across the brand, commissioning showroom designs from the likes of Piano, Visconti, Fuksas and Nouvel. Ferrari and Aldar Properties employed the well-established design talents of international firm Benoy to design the ground-breaking Ferrari World development which has now reached an advanced stage of construction in line with its expected opening next year.

Releasing these extraordinary images, which show the true scale of the project as the exterior body is complete, Benoy talked of a clear inspiration for the project: “Externally the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi building expresses the language and values of the Ferrari brand itself. Benoy’s vision - to create a building that reflects Ferrari’s sinuous form, is directly inspired by the classic double curve side profile of the Ferrari GT chassis. The double curve was proportionately applied in elevation to set the structure’s length and height. This proportion gave rise to the dynamic scale of the building at 700 metres from tip to tip of the tri-forms.”

As expected, the spectacle is not limited to the project’s exterior and the ‘Grand Funnel’ which acts as the adjunction point for the three spokes, also functions as the main point of architectural interest. The fully glazed funnel is latticed with a spider system that floats over the Mero space frame within, creating a floor to ceiling light well of over 100 m in diameter. The building has capacity for 15,000 people to experience the Ferrari-themed rides which surround the centerpiece.

When Ferrari World completes next year, it will mark a four year transformation of Yas Island from an untouched ‘featureless wilderness’ into a landmark entertainment district to rival the extreme development of Dubai.

Niki May Young
News Editor

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