Innovative Two-Storey Footbridge to be Built in Dubai

By Paul Joseph

Dubai’s already eye-catching urban landscape is set to be further decorated by the addition of an innovative two-storey footbridge.

Called the Dubai Creek Footbridge, the structure will join iconic landmarks including the world's tallest hotel and the Dubai Expo2020 lake in marking out the emirate city as one of the most architecturally creative destinations anywhere on the globe.

Visuals have been released for the bridge that will be built beside Santiago Calatrava’s Dubai Creek Tower.

The brainchild behind the project is IJP Architects and structural engineer AKT II, who have meticulously designed it so that the lower level is designated for pedestrians and providing shade from the sun, with the upper deck principally used as a route for golf carts and cyclists.

The structure is intended to be as slender and light as possible, with a 145-metre-span over the man-made canal in Dubai Creek Harbour.

To ensure this slim-line aesthetic, the bridge will have a truss arch structure, composed of a web of high-strength steel, in which all its horizontal forces are contained within the arch itself.

Other notable features that have been mooted include rotating balconies, vertiginous observation decks, and elevated gardens.

By Paul Joseph