Sir Richard Rogers designs heritage-inspired towers for Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island


Celebrated British architect Sir Richard Rogers is set to design his first ever project in the Middle East, a luxurious residential tower in Abu Dhabi’s Al Maryah Island.

Unveiled by Taiwanese real estate developer Farglory, the project will be the only residential complex located on the island and is set for completion by 2020.

Sir Rogers, who is known for designing projects such as London’s One Hyde Park, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and New York’s One World Trade Centre, is creating a complex that reflects the city’s heritage.


Inspired by Abu Dhabi’s nautical heritage, 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.

Al Maryah Plaza will be located near the new Galleria Mall, Rosewood and Four Seasons hotels as well as the new Abu Dhabi Stock Exchange and Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi.

It consists of four mixed-use steel towers, the largest of which will house offices, serviced apartments, and a boutique hotel. Stationed at the waterfront, the ground level will feature restaurants, cafes and shops.

A clubhouse, zero-edged infinity pools, spas, gymnasiums as well as an outdoor art gallery with green spaces will all fall under the amenities provided as part of the development.

The residential complex will feature one, two and three-bedroom apartments as well as penthouses.

The project has been devised as part of the Abu Dhabi 2030 plan, developed in conjunction with Mubadala Development Company.

Al Maryah Island development is a natural island that is re-imagined as the new city centre of Abu Dhabi.

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