One of the characteristic features in the Dubai street scene is the abundance of footbridges. They carry visitors and residents across the ever-busier motorways and make offices, residential areas and malls accessible. Practically all footbridges have the same simple rectangular box shape made out of wide steel girders.
The World Trade Centre footbridge consists of an extremely light and open steel framework, crossing the distance to the parking facilities in two spans of 35 and 30 meters. This so called ‘space frame’ structure makes the most of the steel in terms of minimal mass, maximal span and elegant design. The tube structure is covered with a synthetic textile membrane which is water-resistant and translucent.
own responsibilities: parametric design of the structure and tensile membrane