Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing – FX Fowle Architects
The Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Crossing is a new 1.7 kilometer bridge, which, when complete, will be the largest and tallest spanning arch bridge in the world. While the bridge’s form, a simple arch, is the most basic of structural solutions for spanning great distances, this particular application of the arch 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 an opera house. The structure rises up once again and makes a lighter arch before ending in a gesture reaching skyward. The Bridge recently won an AIA New York Design Award of Merit and the an Architectural Record/MIPIM Commendation.