Rosewood Abu Dhabi by Handel Architects

By : Dennis Franklin | 3 Dec 2013 6:25 pm | Skyscrapers

Rosewood Abu Dhabi is a luxurious mix-use development designed by the Handel Architects studio and located in the new Al Maryah Island financial distribt in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, between the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and the Cleveland Clinic.

The complex contains 131 apartments, banquet and meeting facilities, a five star Rosewood Hotel with 189 rooms, spa, fitness center, retail spaces, restaurants and a parking area. The shape of the structure is inspired by falcons and the art of falconry that has a long tradition in the region remaining to this day an important part of the local heritage.

The body and feathers of the falcon are represented in the lines and textures of the tower and the way in which it overlaps its wings with its body is represented in the massing and overlapping volumes of the exterior wall creating a sculptural manifestation of the falcon’s elegance and majesty.

The interior is designed to take advantage of the multiple purposes of the building and the spontaneous desire of the visitors while also acting as a gateway to the island.

 

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