Think big

James Forryan
Monday 24 Aug 2009

FX FOWLE design Dubai's record-breaking bridge

The Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing is a new 1.7km bridge, which will be the largest and tallest spanning arch bridge in the world. The bridge’s form, a simple arch, is the most basic of structural solutions for spanning great distances. This particular application of the arch, however, is informed by the culture, topography, light, and script of the region.

The structure visually connects to the earth, and then takes a bold leap. As it descends, the bridge touches down to embrace and frame the opera house. The structure again rises up and makes a lighter arch before ending in a gesture reaching skyward. The bridge also incorporates two metro lines, a ferry terminal, and an amphitheatre.

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