The interior design of the Promenade Apartments has been inspired by the surrounding mangroves and waterways
The second phase of its Eastern Mangroves resort residential component – The Promenade Apartments, is due for completion in the third quarter of 2013, according to Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC), master developer of tourism, cultural and residential destinations in Abu Dhabi.
Eastern Mangroves is set as a complex that integrates a hotel, marina, retail and residential destination, offering guests and residents a luxury escape from the bustle of city life. The development occupies a prime position along a 1.2 kilometre stretch of Abu Dhabi’s protected eastern mangrove district, and is only 15 minutes from Abu Dhabi International Airport. It has been carefully designed to protect and enhance its unique mangrove setting, and the use of modern marine technology will help preserve the future of this sensitive environment.
The Eastern Mangroves complex features a number of components that have been developed to suit a variety of needs, whether touristic, residential or retail. These components include a 222-room hotel & spa, an 88-suite hotel apartment, and a 30-berth marina. Additional features include the Eastern Mangrove Residences comprising 50 high-end apartments, the Eastern Mangrove Promenade Apartments encompassing 81 units and a retail area featuring an array of outlets including food and beverages.
The development’s architecture has been designed by Hyder Consulting Middle East, Abu Dhabi, whilst the interior design was developed by AK Design, Dubai.
The early works on the complex commenced in 2009, with the main construction contract signed in 2010, while the second phase of the residential component – Promenade Apartments – due to be completed shortly.
“The Eastern Mangroves development is largely complete with all phases of the main works, and is currently in the final fit-out process with the retail outlets and their respective contractors,” said Andrew Staroske (architect), senior Owners Representative at TDIC.
Prime position: Project designed
to protect and enhance its unique
The vision behind the project was to develop an urban sanctuary – comprising residential, retail and hospitality elements – in the heart of Abu Dhabi while offering guests and residents the exclusivity of resort-style living and the convenience of a prime city location.
“This was carried out through the use of meticulous design elements, careful positioning of the spaces and using materials that best reflect the development’s unique environmental location. By using fresh and warm colour palettes, complemented by accents of light timber and stone, it allows the natural mangrove reserves to become a part of your back garden,” said Staroske.
These luxury units offer the comforts of waterfront living, as well as high levels of privacy, with stunning views over the marina and its facilities. The apartment layouts and architectural designs have been thoughtfully developed to suit three different lifestyles: Emirati, GCC and Western. In the Emirati layout, the majlis, living room and bedrooms are kept separate with closed corridors; while in the Western layout, the kitchen is open to the living space. In the GCC layout, there is no majlis, but the kitchen and bedrooms are kept separate from the living room.
The interior design of these apartments has been inspired by the surrounding green mangroves and waterways. Each apartment features exceptional finishes, including a fully-fitted, large, open kitchen with Bosch appliances, Dark Emperador Galala marble tops and red oak timber wood, finished in a warm and fresh palette, complemented by accents of light timber and stone.
“The development’s inspiration came about with an aim of not only maintaining Islamic patterns, but introducing elegant modern designs and warm timber accents. Due to the unique environmental setting, the design focus is the mangrove lagoon by day and an exotic dark oasis by night. Thus the design has assembled a harmony of rich timber colours, intricate textures and cool polished stones, creating a setting that is both calm and comfortable.
“Meanwhile, extensive and breath-taking external terraces have been created as ideal spaces for both entertaining and relaxation,” he said.
“The design draws occupants’ attention seawards, with a focus on maximising the views and vistas of the natural mangrove reserve. Through thoughtful designing of circulation paths, building services and orientations of residential units, we have been able to optimise on one of the most unique natural settings within Abu Dhabi. Once you step into the residences or onto the promenade, the busy city life washes away and you become engulfed within the beauty of nature.”
A neutral cream, beige, and brown colour pallet was chosen for the scheme of the apartments to enhance the design’s architecture while reflecting its position within the mangrove lagoon.
Apartment layouts: Designed to
suit different lifestyles
In trying to keep with local design elements and context of the development, a large percentage of the finishes and materials used were locally sourced from the region. Marbles used within the public spaces, as well as the residences, were sourced from Oman and Egypt; timber joinery was locally procured from within the UAE, with external garden plantings also procured by UAE-based nurseries. The finishes throughout the development aim to balance between traditional Arabic and a simple, well-defined modern undertone.
The first residential phase consisted of 50 high-end residences, including 48 luxurious three-bedroom apartments and two four-bedroom penthouses. These are set in six low-rise exclusive buildings with private balconies/terraces from which residents can enjoy panoramic views of the mangroves and Abu Dhabi’s waterfront, in addition to separate laundry rooms, parley rooms, and maids’ rooms. Residents also enjoy a number of highly-private and well-maintained facilities, including a communal pool area, a gym and extensive parking for 199 cars.
The three-bedroom apartment sizes range from 298 sqm to 309 sqm, with terraces from 43 sqm to 64 sqm. Two four-bedroom penthouses span 600 sqm with terraces of 90 sqm.
The second phase, the ‘Eastern Mangroves Promenade Apartments’, incorporates 81 high-end apartments set in one building. These consist of studio, one, two, and three-bedroom apartments, as well as two and three-bedroom penthouses, all of which are available for lease at this stage. Residents of the Promenade Apartments enjoy two swimming pools, two gyms and the convenience of having a retail complex within walking distance, in addition to extensive parking for 414 cars.
These exclusive residences form part of the Eastern Mangroves complex which also features Eastern Mangroves Hotel and Spa by Anantara, a 222-room five-star hotel and spa offering a luxury spa, an impressive ballroom and a variety of high-end restaurants. The hotel encompasses 61 deluxe balcony and 89 deluxe mangroves balcony rooms (57sqm) with full amenities; 26 Kasara balcony and 40 Kasara mangroves balcony rooms (57sqm) and five Kasara suites.
In addition, the hotel features Royal Mangroves Residence (ranging in size from 1,320 – 1,775sqm) with a 50 sqm rooftop private infinity pool, garden, terrace and bar and direct elevator access from parking. The Residence can be configured to 3, 7 or 10 bedrooms and comes with a private butler, chef, masseuse, limousine and chauffeur.
The development also houses Eastern Mangroves Suites by Jannah Hotels and Resorts: Consisting of 88 luxury suites that will open in the third quarter of 2013, guests can choose from one- and two-bedroom suites, including a Royal Suite, available in sizes ranging from 56 to 217 square metres.
The development also boasts a 30-berth marina for mooring yachts and boats will be adjacent to the retail courtyard. This will enable easy access to the hotel, residential and retail areas, and restaurants. It can be used to facilitate yachts and boats of the following lengths: 24 berths for boats under 10 metres and six berths for yachts up to 20 metres.
Eastern Mangroves Promenade is a retail complex featuring a wide variety of outlets and a loose interpretation of a souk-type avenue, with units set back from the open air by an arch-fronted open colonnade providing a pedestrian zone – for jogging and biking – specifically for the retail areas. Six food and beverage venues feature a number of cuisines, along with a supermarket and a ladies beauty salon.
Project manager: Turner Construction – International
Lead architect consultant: Hyder Consulting Middle East
Main contractor: Brookfield Multiplex Constructions
M&E contractor: BK Gulf
Interior Design: Hotel & Marina – AK Design (Formerly Pia) Chandlery & Luxury – AK Design (Formerly CDC)
Operator: Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas
Kitchen and laundry designers: MCTS
Landscaping designer: Badri and Bensouda (B&B)