Architecture firm BDP Pattern has delivered a major expansion of The Paddock Club at Yas Marina Circuit, home of Formula 1’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
The new look, which centred on a refurbishment and reorganisation of the building, was unveiled ahead of the weekend’s race, the final grand prix of the 2023 season.
A trackside extension of The Paddock Club enabled the winners’ podium to be relocated to a more prominent position overhanging the track. The new podium was designed to give fans a better view of the drivers, while enabling the drivers to feel closer to their pit crew while celebrating.
The podium was also fitted with a 360-degree Halo Screen and a ribbon display, along with additional lighting features to create an enhanced celebration experience. In a world first for an F1 track, a ‘cooldown room’ provided fans with the ability to view the drivers before they headed out for the trophy ceremony.
Other upgrades to Yas Marina Circuit included new VIP suites, luxury hospitality seating terraces and new office facilities for staff.
Luke Harrison, architect director at BDP Pattern, said: “This is a world first for motor racing. Thanks to this creative expansion, Yas Marina Circuit now provides an experience that no other racetrack in the world currently offers, bringing exclusive access to the drivers on race day whilst creating an immersive atmosphere for all F1 fans.
“Smart adaptation and intelligent use of existing space has allowed us to add areas that enhance the feeling of excitement for those in the Paddock Club, whilst ensuring functionality and coherence. It’s amazing what some clever design can do for a space like this. The drivers have benefitted from better facilities and the fans really feel like they are part of the race day activities.
“We have been inspired by local design elements throughout the emirate and have added our own modern and dynamic twist to the design of the Paddock Club. It all creates an incredible place that does justice to an iconic piece of architecture.”