February 13, 2008

Mile-Long Bridge in Dubai is an Architectural Dream

When I say that the Dubai Creek 6th Crossing is an "architectural dream," I don't mean it in the bad way, like "Oh, yeah, the bridge is so ridiculous, it is just an architectural dream." No, no, no. I mean, it is like an architect dreamed this up one night after a bottle of red wine, and now it will actually be built -- THAT kind of dream. A dream project. Just look at it... it looks like something you'd see a Hollywood mega-director create for a film like I-Robot or A.I. using CGI.

Someone at NYC-based FXFowle Architects actually will see his/her dream come to life as this unbelievable project is constructed over the next four years. Dubai, the city of dreams located in the United Arab Emirates, is known for over-the-top construction projects. In 2012, the Dubai Creek 6th Bridge should be complete and will become yet another landmark for the sprawling city, which is undergoing a level of development that is simply unheard of anywhere else in the world.

Dubai is already home to the world's tallest skyscraper (Burj Dubai), the world's tallest and first and only 7-star hotel (Burj Al Arab), and multiple man-made islands (The Palm Juneirah, The Palm Jebel Ali, and The Palm Deira making up The Palm Islands, as well as The World Islands archipelago). According to the FXFowle website, the mile-long Dubai Creek 6th Bridge will stand 205 m (673 ft.) tall with an arch stretching 667 m (2,188 ft.), making it the "largest and tallest spanning arch bridge in the world."

According to Arabianbusiness.com, at 64 m wide, this bridge will contain 12 lanes of vehicular traffic, a metro rail line (the green line) running down the center of the bridge, and it will carry a pricetag of $816 million. The bridge will link the Bur Dubai area with Deira area of the city, which are separated by the Dubai Creek, and the project also includes a small man-made island in the center of the bridge that will become home to an opera house.

This project is part of a 13-year, $22 billion pulic transportation project in Dubai, which is expected to be complete by 2020. The bridge will become the sixth crossing of the Dubai Creek, joining four other bridges and one tunnel.
This bridge is a true beauty, and projects like this can really only happen in a place like Dubai, where money is no option. Aside from its height and length, which will make it a worldwide landmark by default, I believe that the Dubai Creek 6th Crossing will be an architectural landmark for many years to come based solely on its dream-like design. Congratulations to FXFowle Architects on this creative accomplishment.

1 comment:

Josh said...

That is way cool. Check out this list of ridiculous buildings that will be done soon: