Latest addition to Abu Dhabi’s Sowwah Square to house the Emirates stock exchange
International architecture firm Goettsch Partners has announced its latest addition to Abu Dhabi’s Sowwah Square, the central business district designed by the firm to house the Emirates stock exchange and other major financial institutions.
Located on Al Maryha Island, the 24-storey tower totals 87,570 square metres overall, including 49,110 square metres of office and retail space, and 1,000 parking spaces for tenants and visitors. The building will be serviced by a multi-tiered transportation infrastructure, which includes a planned light rail station serving the whole island and linking to main land Abu Dhabi.
“The new tower creates a distinctive architectural form, which is expected in the region,” said James Goettsch, FAIA, president of Goettsch Partners.
“At the same time, the building offers very efficient floor plates that are atypical in the local market,” Goettsch added.
With an aluminium and glass façade and curtain wall system with glass and notched metal-spandrel elements, the firm describes the energy efficient tower as a “bold, contemporary tower that shifts in massing as it rises”.
The podium contains a retail banking facility as well as a dramatic three-story transparent lobby to the north, with pedestrian arcades on the east and west. Three cubical masses sit atop the podium, stacked like shifted blocks.
The project is designed and scheduled to receive an Estidama 1 Pearl rating.
“The building’s profile is a direct result of the desire to create a structure that would achieve high energy performance and synchrony with its surroundings through sustainable applications,” the firm describes.