Thursday, November 05, 2009

Abu Dhabi Ferrari Grand Prix

Anyone watching the inaugural Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on the BBC on Sunday may have noticed a rather large, red carapace in the background of certain shots

It’s the Benoy-designed Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, set to open in 2010 as the ‘largest indoor theme park in the world’. On Sunday, it was just one of a number of built objects appearing on screen that looked more like visualisations than reality.

More importantly, though, Astragal wants to know how, in designing a building that ‘reflects Ferrari’s sinuous form’, Benoy came up with something that looks like a cross between a cartoon starfish and a stag beetle and not like, well, the 612 Scaglietti.