DUBAI 5TH CROSSING BRIDGE
DUBAI 5TH CROSSING BRIDGE
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DUBAI 5TH CROSSING BRIDGE

 

CLIENT RTA
ARCHITECT FXFOWLE
YEAR 2009 – 2012
LOCATION Dubai
VISUALS AWA

 

Our concept for the Dubai Bridge Fifth Crossing competition was drawn from the symbol of the falcon and its significance as the national symbol of the U.A.E. The bridge was divided into distinct elements that are individually highlighted (akin to creating chords or notes in a symphony) and then combined to form a composition or symphony. The various lighting elements that we have determined, and their relationship to the physical body and movements of the falcon, are as follows: wings (“sails” of the falcon), ribcage, eye, spine, wingspan, roadway, underbelly (“panel” of the falcon), and the diving arc of the bridge arch (“stooping” gesture of the hunting falcon.) The elements are divided into those which are stable and those which are mutable. The stable elements, such as the ribcage and spine, are brightly and continuously lit to suggest their strength and constancy. In contrast, the mutable elements, including the feathered “wing” cables and soft “panel” underbelly of the bridge are illuminated with less intensity, and have more of a fading or gradient effect. To highlight the falcon’s sails, we illuminated the inner cables of the bridge from their bases halfway up each cable, so that there is a “feathering” effect of the wings’ upper ends.