“Sowwah Square” financial center gets make over

The “Sowwah Square” project, in Abu Dhabi, UAE, was designed by Chicago-based architects Goettsch Partners. A key element of the buildings are their special facades. The stainless steel materials for these facades were manufactured at the Krefeld and Dillenburg plants of ThyssenKrupp Nirosta and are now being delivered by ThyssenKrupp Stainless International. Sowwah Square is the flagship of the new Abu Dhabi: The group of four towers in the future financial district, from 31 to 37 stories, will offer around 285,000sq/m of office space. There will also be a five-star hotel. Standing lengthways in front of the four towers is the 22,000sq/m Securities Exchange. This iconic, four-level trapezoidal building rises 27m above a water feature on four piers. It is surrounded by retail outlets, restaurants and cafés. The building’s roof is the size of a football field and is equipped with photovoltaic panels. Due to the extremely hot climate, the buildings have ventilated, double-skin facades. There is also a system of external blinds that automatically follow the sun to control the interior temperature. The exteriors of all five buildings on Sowwah Square feature stainless steel, in part combined with other materials such as glass, giving them a particularly elegant, high-class look. ThyssenKrupp Nirosta recently manufactured more than 400 metric tons of Nirosta 4404 material (partly with linen finish) for this project. The order was acquired and handled by ThyssenKrupp Stainless International, the global sales organization for the stainless producer, which delivered the material to companies in the UAE and Austria for further processing.

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