Dubai Crossing design unveiled
By Richard High07 March 2008
Following the announcement of a sixth crossing at Dubai’s Creek earlier this week, US-based FXFOWLE International has unveiled the winning designs for the iconic structure.
The Sixth Crossing at Dubai Creek will span 1.7 km and rise 205 m, making it the largest and tallest spanning arch bridge in the world. It will carry six lanes of traffic in each direction plus two lanes for the extension of the Dubai’s Green Metro line.
There will also a “sustainable transportation station”, pedestrian walkways, and multi-modal access to the future Dubai Opera House.
FXFOWLE International’s proposal was selected by Dubai’s Roads & Transport Authority (RTA) following an international competition. The bridge will join five existing Dubai Creek crossings (four bridges and one tunnel).
Commenting on the competition win, Sudhir Jambhekar, senior partner at FXFOWLE said, “We are extremely pleased, and honored, that our design for Dubai Creek’s newest Crossing Bridge will be adopted by the Roads & Transport Authority.”
According to Mr Jambhekar the bridge’s design was inspired by “multiple sources”, including “the rhythmic grace of Dubai Creek’s current and the elegant splendor of the sand dunes adjacent to the City, to the lighting patterns of the lunar cycle and the design of the future Opera House.”
The bridge will unite the areas of Jadaf on the Burj Dubai side to the west of the creek with the Lagoons and Festival City developments to the east.