Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has revealed its first-ever project in the Middle East – a row of four waterfront skyscrapers underway in Abu Dhabi.

 

The £478 million Maryah Plaza development is designed by Richard Rogers’ firm to create 500 high-end residences aimed at both locals and tourists, varying from one-bedroom apartments up to penthouses.

 

“Maryah Plaza has been conceived to complement the waterfront position, with maritime themes running through the design and great views over the water,” said Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in a statement.

 

The masterplan also includes “beautifully landscaped parks and shaded open spaces”, alongside art galleries, community centres and shopping areas. It will create “a diverse, rich and vibrant public realm that maximises permeability and connectivity throughout the site”, say the architects.

Commissioned by Taiwanese property developer Farglory Group, the 153,000-square-metre scheme will be located on Al Maryah Island – close to the transport links and amenities of Sowwah Square.

The 114-hectare island has been earmarked to become Abu Dhabi’s new central business district. Construction of the first tower is already underway and is set for completion in 2016. The rest of the complex is expected to open in 2020.