WAN Awards 2015


WAN Mobile
WAN Mobile
Previous Next

Rosewood Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Thursday 05 Dec 2013

Rosewood Hotel opens in Abu Dhabi

Glenn Rescalvo 
Your comments on this project

No. of Comments: 0

Add comments | More comments

Be the first to comment

First high-end luxury hotel opens in Abu Dhabi’s new Central Business District 

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 sq m) luxury, mixed-use development.

The complex includes a five-star 189-room Rosewood hotel, 131 serviced apartments, banquet facilities, meeting facilities, spa, fitness centre, retail space, restaurants, and parking facilities.

The inspiration for the design was derived from the falcon and the art of falconry, which has a long history in the Middle East and remains an important part of the local 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.

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 colours reminiscent of a local souk. Throughout the hotel, traditional Middle Eastern textiles and details are mixed with modern lines and forms.

Key Facts

Status Completed
Value 0(m€)
Were you involved in this scheme?
Handel Architects

More projects by this architect

Dream Downtown Hotel

Latest Jobs in Abu Dhabi

Senior Site Architect – Healthcare

Senior Site Architect – Healthcare

Architects in Development

Urban Designer

Technical Director, Development Management

All jobs in Abu Dhabi


Click here to view the NEWS IN PICTURES tablet site