FX Fowle designs world’s largest spanning arch bridge for—where else— Dubai
July 17, 2008, 1:22 pm
Filed under: Middle East, Urban Design

So this is where their money comes from.

Rather than crossing the water in a single span, FXFOWLE created two separate arches that converge on an artificial island. While the entire bridge is one mile long, its east span will be 1,246 feet in length, while the west span will stretch 2,000 feet, making it 200 feet longer than the current record holder for world’s longest spanning arch bridge: China’s Chaotianmen Bridge, completed this year. Its main arch spans 1,811 feet. FXFOWLE is working with the structural engineering firm Parson Transportation on the project.

Visually, the Dubai bridge will frame an opera house—a project recently awarded to Zaha Hadid—on a neighboring island while providing multi-modal access to it. “If we had created a single span, the height of the deck would have obstructed views of the future opera house,” explains Sudhir Jambhekar, FAIA, senior partner at FXFOWLE.

FXFOWLE Designs Worlds Largest Spanning Arch Bridge for Dubai | Architectural Record.

FX Fowle bridge Dubai


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