Spectacular Roof impeccably frames The Galleria Al Maryah Island
Internationally acclaimed design team and best-in-class engineering experts, led by RFR, complete stunning glass and steel masterpiece set to redefine retail architecture
(Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: 30 June 2013): In anticipation of the opening of the ultra-luxury fashion and dining precinct on August 6th, The Galleria Al Maryah Island has achieved a major milestone in the completion of the precinct’s impressive USD$25M roof. The stunning sculptural glass and steel atrium structure provides an iconic image for The Great Room, which forms the heart of the precinct’s retail and dining offering across both levels.
Framing the grand entrance, the architecturally prominent roof sweeps across the entirety of The Great Room and seamlessly integrates into the panoramic sky-line view offered onto mainland Abu Dhabi waterfront.
Complex structure engineering experts RFR, who previously designed similarly iconic projects including the inverted pyramid of Le Musée du Louvre Paris, are responsible for conceptualising the unique feature.
“The design brief was unusual as we inherited the existing building’s footprint and needed to design within these constraints,” said Jean Le Lay, Director, RFR. “We also had to bring together widely contradictory elements. On one side, sun exposition and humidity levels were a key concern. On the other hand, the design brief revealed a strong wish for delicate-looking aesthetics appearing to stretch seamlessly from landscaping to sky while complementing high-end retailers located below in the Great Room. Our experience developing previous glazing projects including Terminal 2 of Charles de Gaulle Airport helped us deliver the perfect solution for The Galleria in less than two and a half years.”
Comprised entirely of steel and glass, the striking roof’s intricate design offers three layers of structural and thermal protection, in addition to cleverly applied shading devices. The building’s visual aesthetics are further complemented through the skilful use of joints and insulated joints moulded into a defined design, whilst the sand colour shade structure blends into the surrounding natural environment ensuring a smooth transition from exterior to interior and projecting a magical aura by night.
With the assistance of computer generated shapes, the unique roof pattern took its inspiration from snakeskin texture with two shapes being the same. Minute variations in the elements’ size and diameter make this architectural structure a sophisticated and meticulously planned accomplishment.
Kevin A. Ryan, Managing Director - Development of Gulf Related said, “As it reflects the prestigious mix of retail and dining brands within The Galleria, the Great Room roof immediately confers an impression of style and grandeur to incoming visitors and captures the exclusive nature of the project. We know from our past development, such as the Time Warner Center in NYC, that strong designs have the power to anchor new structures into their urban surroundings. This is why we felt strongly about creating a sculptural, iconic blueprint for The Galleria. We have created a dynamic, sophisticated and architecturally significant place for visitors to shop, eat, and enjoy panoramic views of the City and look forward to opening our doors on August 6th.”
Developed by Gulf Related and Mubadala Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI), The Galleria Al Maryah Island is a 33,000 square meter (355,000sq. ft) GLA luxury shopping and dining development with a stunning waterfront promenade due to open August 6th 2013.
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Gulf Related is a regional real estate development company focused on retail, residential and high-end mixed-use real estate developments in the Middle East. Gulf Related represents a joint-venture between Gulf Capital, one of the Middle East's leading alternative asset management firms, and Related Companies, one of the largest private real estate development and investment firms in the United States. The Gulf Related team leverages its core competencies from Related in real estate planning, development and management; while Gulf Capital brings strong regional relationships, access to deal flow, and fund raising capabilities.
Gulf Related is focused on pursuing marquee large-scale mixed-use real estate development opportunities in Abu Dhabi and Saudi Arabia. In addition to developing The Galleria Al Maryah Island and Sowwah Central, Gulf Related is developing a 550 unit expatriate residential compound in Riyadh, KSA. Gulf Related is identifying additional multi-phase, master-planned, mixed-use development opportunities in urban centers as well as large-scale community developments. Related brings to Gulf Related the expertise that has created some of the most internationally recognizable and celebrated retail driven mixed-use developments in the United States such as the Time Warner Center in New York and CityPlace in West Palm Beach, as well as the currently under development Hudson Yards in Manhattan, at 1.4 million square meters (15 million sq. ft.) the largest private development in the USA.