Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners a British architectural firm has revealed plans to venture into it’s first ever project based in the Middle East.
The only do audacious and rightly so as designs and work on a row of four waterfront skyscrapers gets’ underway in Abu Dhabi’s Maryah Island– close to the transport links and amenities of Sowwah Square. Commissioned by Taiwanese property developer Farglory Group, the 153,000-square-metre scheme will be inspired at Abu Dhabi’s nautical heritage. Estimates put the cost of the project at £478 million for the Maryah Palaza development and have been expertly designed by Richard Roger’s firm aiming to create 500 high-end residences aimed at both locals and tourists, varying from one-bedroom apartments up to penthouses.
The four sloping towers are intended to resemble the sails of a ship with open balconies and terraces reminiscent of a ship’s deck. Each tower is diamond-shaped in order to provide maximum natural lighting to each unit, allowing expansive views of the Arabian Gulf. “Maryah Plaza has been conceived to complement the waterfront position, with maritime themes running through the design and great views over the water,” said Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in a statement.
The design blue print also includes “beautifully landscaped parks and shaded open spaces”, alongside art galleries, community centres and shopping areas. It will create “a diverse, rich and vibrant public realm that maximises permeability and connectivity throughout the site”, say the architects. The 114-hectare island has been earmarked to become Abu Dhabi’s new central business district. Construction of the first tower is already underway and is set for completion in 2016. The rest of the complex is expected to open in 2020.
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