Handel Architects showcased the Rosewood Abu Dhabi. Located in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates’ new Al Maryah Island financial district between the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and the Cleveland Clinic, the property is a new 1,099,000-square-foot luxury, mixed-use development. The complex includes a five-star 189-room Rosewood hotel, 131 serviced apartments, banquet facilities, meeting facilities, spa, fitness center, retail space, restaurants and parking.
The lead designer was partner Glenn Rescalvo, AIA.
The inspiration for the design was derived from the falcon and from the art of falconry, which remains a part of local heritage and culture. The forms, lines and textures of the falcon’s body and feathers inspired the design, initiating the early ideas for the form of the tower. The way in which the falcon’s wings overlap its body inspired the exterior massing and the overlapping volumes and textures of the exterior wall.
The building acts as a central “mixer” for the area, as it contains the hotel, retail, residential, meeting and banquet spaces and a fitness center.
Additionally, because of the building’s position as the gateway to Al Maryah Island, the surrounding architecture is much more rectilinear in form. The curvilinear and more “fluid” form of the Rosewood ties the architecture of the surrounding buildings together, balancing out the adjacent straight lines. Glass was chosen for its daytime shimmer and its nighttime luminescence.
Inside, the lobby is bordered on one side with a flowing water feature, and on the other side with a wall of art. There are furnishings and flowing fabrics in warm colors reminiscent of a local souk. Throughout the hotel, traditional Middle Eastern textiles and details are mixed with modern lines and forms.