the emerald plaza looks like a space age canopy which is meant to provide a cooling space

the emerald plaza, by emergent architecture deals with the problem of urban space in the hot climate of abu dhabi. the project is based on creating continuity between three elements which were outlined in the design brief: a garden, central sculptural volume and network of canopies. the landscaped garden roof, acts as a canopy, offering shade to the walkways below, but also connects surrounding buildings with one another. pools inside give the feeling of a grotto and also have a cooling effect, providing a getaway from the hot environment.

emerald plaza by emergent architecture pools of water provide an escape from the heat

emerald plaza by emergent architecture the canopies of the plaza also connects paths to the surrounding buildings all images © emergent architecture

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