Lock Island Bridges


Dubai, UAE, 2008

The Lock Island bridges are part of a series of bridges crossing the Arabian Canal within the master plan for the area. The two bridges serve as a connection for cars, bicycles and pedestrians and generate a continuous loop, forming the central spot within the different attractions around the Lock Island. Traffic flows are separated into the functional traffic of vehicles and fast bicycles on the upper bridge deck and the pedestrians and recreational bicycles on the lower bridge deck. The landings of the lower bridge deck merge with the pedestrian promenades, while the upper bridge deck merges with the adjacent streets. The design reflects different geometrical adaptations of classical arabic patterns. The reinterpretation of these patterns creates a tool for the design of several constructive elements, while the central public space is the physical focus point of the bridge.

Client: Limitless LLC

Ben van Berkel, Astrid Piber with René Wysk, Luis Etchegorry and Ger Gijzen, Cynthia Markhoff, Cristina Bolis, Marina Bozukova, Marcin Koltunski, Peter Moerland

Structural Engineer: Schlaich Bergermann und Partner - Structural Consulting Engineers.
Model: Patrick Noome, UNStudio
Materialise, LeuvenRenders and Visualizations: UNStudio and Rendertaxi, Aachen