The 6th Crossing Bridge in Dubai

The city of Dubai is slowly becoming one of the most amazing cities in the world, a city that looks almost like science fiction come to life, something you would only see in a Philip Dick novel. It already plays host to the world’s tallest hotel, and come 2012, it will also be home to the world’s largest arch bridge, the 6th Crossing.

The 6th Crossing is one mile long, 670 feet tall, and will be spanning the Dubai Creek. It will have 12 lanes, 6 in each direction and the Dubai Metro will run through the middle of it. It also looks like it will also allow people access to the upcoming opera house. The bridge was created by NY based architects FXFOWLE INTERNATIONAL, who had this to say about the bridge:

The bridge’s design was inspired by multiple sources, each evoking similar imagery – the rhythmic grace of Dubai Creek’s current, the elegant splendor of the sand dunes adjacent to the City, the lighting patterns of the lunar cycle and the design of the future Opera House. We believe that our bridge design is not merely to link the City’s cultural and commercial developments or ease congestion, but an opportunity to connect people both physically and emotionally by creating an iconic landmark, destination, and gateway between the old, the new and the future Dubai.

I think the bridge looks really beautiful, and I can only imagine how amazing it would look in person. English is their main second language, so maybe I’ll have to learn a little Arabic and pop over and see it 4 years from now! Also of interest, check out this great Wikipedia entry on the upcoming projects in Dubai, which make it seem like a grown up Disneyland on crack… and I mean that in the best way.

You can also see some more pictures of the project under the cut.

Found through io9


February 12, 2008