Solution

Sowwah Square Hotel, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Sowwah Island

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Market: Hospitality

Client

Handel Architects, LLP

Completion

2013

Photo courtesy of Handel Architects

The swanky Rosewood Abu Dhabi was the first hotel to open on Al Maryah Island, which is an expansive mixed-use development anticipated to be the capital’s new business district. Inspired by the Arabic textiles, the architect envisioned a textured fenestration pattern that filters daylight into the interior spaces for the tower. Visually distinguishing the tower from the lower podium, the cladding on the lower levels features a combination of stone and glass.