Sowwah Square Hotel, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Sowwah Island

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Market: Hospitality


Handel Architects, LLP



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.