John Buck International & Mubadala
Martha Schwartz Partners (landscape architect)
Al Maryah Island (formerly Sowwah Island) is a 114 hectare mixed-use development in the heart of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The area was designated by the emirate's Urban Planning Council to be the capital's central business district. It is intended to be a catalyst in the city's drive to achieve Abu Dhabi's Urban Structure Framework Plan objective of environmental, economic and social sustainability by 2030.
Within Al Maryah Island, Sowwah Square is a flagship 450,000m2 office, retail and hotel development that forms the commercial centre. As part of this development was the requirement for high quality landscaped public areas and a waterfront promenade.
Fountains Direct designed two cascade water features that sit at the heart of the landscaped areas of Sowwah Square.
The water features comprise a subterranean plant room, with rising pipework to a hidden line of supply troughs, from which water cascades over bespoke layered stonework into shallow pools. Water leaves the pools via a strip margin to the rear of granite seats, or the water can travel out in the form of a starter rill. The layout of the area then leads the eye to further rills through which water is introduced into the environment.
Evolution of the design vision, detailed design and coordination of stonework finishes with water levels, pipe work and fittings, construction level detailing and preparation of tender documents.
The water features link landscaped areas, and provide height, movement and sound to the public realm.
The features operate over a podium roof structuremet and had to meet loading criteria and waterproofing requirements. They include integrated connections routed through the structure, with pipework that carries through to the sub-basement plant rooms. Fountains Direct designed hidden, integrated pipework giving clean, high quality finishes.
All features are designed to flush through dust and airborne particles which settle when non-operational.