‘Instagram Bridge’ the latest showpiece of Dubai Creek Harbour megaproject
London-based IJP Architects and structural engineers AKT II won a competition to deliver the bridge held by DCH developers Emaar, which is responsible for many of Dubai’s most iconic landmarks including the Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall.
The two-story bridge will showcase a “cloud-like structure” of lightweight, intricately-patterned steel that appears to float over the canal. The geometric shapes are a tribute to traditional Islamic art and architecture.
The lower level is intended for pedestrians and shielded from the sun, while the upper deck will accommodate cyclists and golf carts.
Pedestrians on the lower deck will have cover from the sun.
IJP Architects/AKT II
“We envisioned the bridge as an opportunity for place-making, connecting the city’s embankments with the waterside promenade,” the architects told CNN in a statement.
Creating the appearance of delicacy but a durable reality was technically demanding, says AKT II director Paul Hutter, who used algorithm software to optimize the strength of the bridge.
“(Digital modeling) enabled us to test several different options at the early stages of the competition. From that we could work out where to place the largest elements and where not to.”
Developer Emaar say the footbridge “plays a significant role in the masterplan,” and that the “journey crossing the man-made waterway over the footbridge is considered to be one of the major attractions” of the DCH development.
But the developer says the megaproject has been progressing “at pace” with the Dubai Creek Residences towers and attractions such as the VIDA Creek Harbour Hotel now complete.