Asymptote is a New York-based architectural office founded in 1989 by principals Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture.
Asymptote Architecture recently announced the opening of the Yas Marina Hotel, a 500 room Hotel complex in Abu Dhabi.The Yas Hotel is the world's first building designed specifically to span a Formula 1 race circuit. The opening coincided with the inaugural 2009 Formula 1 Ethiad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 1. Asymtptote's latest project 166 Perry Street, a luxury residential building on Manhattan's west side in the West Village, is near completion opening late January 2010. Other completed projects by Asymptote in recent years include the HydraPier Pavilion in the Netherlands and the American flagship stores for Carlos Miele and Alessi in New York City. The firm's current projects include a large-scale cultural, hotel and performing arts complex in Penang, Malaysia and a commission to build the World Business Center Busan in Busan, South Korea. The design for the World Business Center Busan consists of three separate, tapered towers "soaring" out of a single base and will, upon completion, be among the tallest buildings in Asia at 560m.
For nearly two decades Asymptote has produced experimental art installations and exhibition design work involving multi-media technologies for such venues as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. In 2000, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum commissioned Hani Rashid and Lise Anne Couture to design a Virtual Guggenheim Museum. In 2000 Hani Rashid co-represented the United States at the Seventh Venice Architecture Biennale, and in 2004 Rashid and Couture created the exhibition design for the Ninth Venice Architecture Biennale.
In 1992, Lise Anne Couture and Hani Rashid were asked by The New York Times to design a hypothetical building for Times Square.
In 2004, Rashid and Couture were presented with the Frederick Kiesler Prize for Architecture and Art. Recently, Asymptote Architecture has secured second place in the 'Kaohsiung port terminal 2010' competition, featuring a sculptural design for the Kaohsiung port terminal in Taiwan.
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Hydra Pier is a permanent structure built originally as a pavilion for Haarlemmermeer's Floriade exhibition in 2002 - a massive, once-a-decade Dutch horticultural fair. New York based Asymptote won an international competition and this is one of the first opportunities for them to finally transform their concepts into physical reality. The Haarlemmermeer is located adjacent to Schiphol airport (next to Amsterdam), in an artificially manufactured landscape on reclaimed land. The pavilion resembles the shape of frequently overflying airplanes, arriving and leaving the airport. The building is clad in metal panels, many of which are dually curved like the coachwork of cars. The same applies to the large glazed sections of the building. In the interior, too, right angles are rare. The main space for visitors is at first floor level and has a large window giving a panoramic view of the lake. The building incorporates an (artificial) waterfall that rushes down over the glazed entrance.Hydra Pier on Google Maps: