Waves of Abu Dhabi




The changing morphology offers different qualities to the visitor, from views of the sea and the city at the top of the towers, to gardens and pools at the lower parts of the building. Water is the constant theme throughout; a one kilometre long river flows from end to end, and a water taxi takes the visitor through the different spaces and activities.

This water world is crowned by the six towers that wave towards the sky, two hotel towers, two office towers, serviced apartments and residences, all linked to this world of experiences.

Last but not least, the mixed-use complex gives water to the city. A simple and efficient desalinisation plant, using the heat of the sun, distils salt water from the nearby sea into unsalted water. Using the wisdom of the ancients, this simple system, gives almost 24,000 litres of water daily to the citizens. As such, water creates the building and the building creates water.

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Project facts

Project facts

Location: The United Arab Emirates
Client: Capital Investment
Gross floor area: 470,000 m2
Year of design: 2005 - 2006
Type of assignment: First prize in invited competition, 2005


  • The United Arab Emirates


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