Sowwah Square Hotel, Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Al Sowwah Island

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Market: Hospitality


Handel Architects, LLP


Sowwah Square Hotel, Rosewood Abu Dhabi

Photo courtesy of Handel Architects

Sowwah Square Hotel, Rosewood Abu Dhabi
Sowwah Square Hotel, Rosewood Abu Dhabi

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.

Scope | Solutions

The hotel is a forty-story, 1.1 million sq ft structure. The project includes one level of below-grade parking and several podium levels containing approximately ten restaurants, a gym, a spa, meeting rooms, and a pool deck. The tower, located on the third podium level houses the hotel rooms and apartments. SGH was hired by Handel Architects to provide building enclosure consultation services for:

  • Below-grade waterproofing
  • Waterproofing for the interior restaurant, locker room, spa, and bathroom
  • Waterproofing for the podium levels, pool deck, terrace, and balconies
  • Numerous roofing assemblies

For the project design phase, we reviewed drawings and specifications, participated in coordination meetings, and researched local products and installation methods related to the building enclosure.

SGH also provided construction administration services that included attendance at preconstruction and coordination workshops, submittal and shop drawing reviews, observations of mockups, and periodic site visits to review the work in progress.

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