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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

Rosewood Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates by Handel Architects LLP

 
December 24th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Handel Architects LLP

Located in Abu Dhabi’s new Al Maryah Island financial district between the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange and the Cleveland Clinic, Rosewood Abu Dhabi is a new 1,099,000 sq. ft. (102,000 m²) 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.

Image Courtesy © Lester Ali

  • Architects: Handel Architects LLP
  • Project: Rosewood Abu Dhabi
  • Location: United Arab Emirates
  • Photography: Lester Ali, Don Riddle, Gerry O’Leary
  • Completion Date: October 2013
  • Lead Design Firm: Handel Architects
  • Lead Designer: Glenn Rescalvo, AIA, Partner
  • Size: 1,099,000 sq. ft. (102,000 m²)
  • Software used: Autocad.

Image Courtesy © Don Riddle

Project Team:

  • Owner:  Mubadala Development Company
  • Operator: Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
  • Design Architect &Local Architect: Handel Architects
  • Interior Designer: Brennan Beer Gorman Monk Interiors and Handel Architects
  • Contractor: Arabian Construction Company
  • Structural Engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates (MKA)
  • MEP Engineer: WSP Buildings
  • Facade Consultant: RFR and Meinhardt Facade Technologies
  • Geotechnical Engineer: Haley & Aldrich
  • Lighting Consultant (Interior and Exterior): Cline Bettridge Bernstein Lighting Design Inc.
  • Quantity Surveyor: EC Harris
  • Traffic Consultant: CansultMaunsell Limited
  • Vertical Transportation Consultant: Lerch Bates
  • Fire / Life Safety: WSP Middle East

Image Courtesy © Don Riddle

The inspiration for the design was derived from the falcon and from the art of falconry, which has a long history in the Middle East, and remains an important part of the heritage and culture. The forms, lines and textures of the falcon’s body and feathers inspired the design and initiated the early ideas for the form and expression 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 design is a sculptural manifestation that reflects the falcon’s beauty, elegance and precision.

Image Courtesy © Don Riddle

Inside, the lobby is bordered on one side with a flowing water feature and on the other with a dramatic wall of art to draw guests into the space with warm tones, clean lines and sleek materials. This is juxtaposed with comfortable 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.

Image Courtesy © Don Riddle

Image Courtesy © Gerry O’Leary

Image Courtesy © Gerry O’Leary

Image Courtesy © Gerry O’Leary

Image Courtesy © Gerry O’Leary

Image Courtesy © Lester Ali

Image Courtesy © Lester Ali

Image Courtesy © Handel Architects LLP

Image Courtesy © Handel Architects LLP

Image Courtesy © Handel Architects LLP

Image Courtesy © Handel Architects LLP

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Categories: Autocad, Banquet, Mixed use, Parking, Restaurant, Spa Centre

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