PLP Architecture Lee Polisano David Leventhal

Four Seasons Hotel Abu Dhabi

at Al Maryah Island

Abu Dhabi, UAE

This luxury business hotel on Sowwah Island takes full advantage of its extraordinary waterfront location. Set at the very heart of Sowwah Square, Abu Dhabi’s new financial district, it is adjacent to the new headquarters of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, ADX and enjoys expansive waterfront views. A slender tower is contrasted against a low podium, creating a powerful interplay of vertical and horizontal elements. The proposal creates a distinctive setting with an extensive podium of public functions and retail. Richly layered facades complement the crisp geometric massing.


Gardens create the settings for hotel and residential drop-offs, bringing architecture and landscape into a harmonious whole. FSAD comprises approximately 200 keys and 125 residences with access to services provided by the hotel. Below podium level, two floors of retail face onto the waterfront promenade. Behind this retail, back-of-house space for the hotel, parking and plant areas are located. The massing maintains an urban order around the centrepiece stock exchange.


The design responds to the climate and culture of its setting, drawing on a long heritage of regional building with strategies that protect the interior from the extremes of sun and wind. Traditional elements such as shade-screens, thermal mass and carefully integrated building, water and landscape are reinterpreted in a contemporary architecture to create a lush and sensual interior environment.





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