Goettsch Partners to design Abu Dhabi’s Sowwah Square

US architects Goettsch Partners (GP) have been commissioned to design Sowwah Square, a new business centre in Abu Dhabi.

Goettsch Partners to design Abu Dhabi?s Sowwah Square.
Goettsch Partners to design Abu Dhabi?s Sowwah Square.

US architects Goettsch Partners (GP) have been commissioned to design Sowwah Square, a new business centre in Abu Dhabi.

Located on Sowwah Island, the project will feature a central stock exchange, designed to function as an icon, and a further four office towers, ranging from 31 to 37 storeys in height.

"As the city continues its rapid development, the project will set an international standard of design and technical quality," said James Goettsch, president of GP.

The stock exchange building will rise on 27-metre high granite pillars above a 49-metre diameter water feature. The pillars will house stairs and service elements for the project, while the roof area will be the size of a football pitch

GP has also announced an intention to ‘look beyond LEED' in developing a sustainable design. Over 2,500 square meters of photovoltaic panels are to be installed across all buildings in the project, while the water feature and irrigation will be supplied with water from condensation coils.

Work on the project is scheduled for completion in 2010.

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