New Garhoud Bridge sets off from a dynamic abutment and skims gently 520 meters across the Dubai creek. The organic design softens the linear structure and gives it a distinct rhythm. The piers reach out to hold the bridge elegantly sixteen meters above the water; their asymmetrical shapes find their mirrored partner and create a balanced whole. Simple yet precise detailing enhances the dynamic design and give the bridge more a character of a piece of architecture than one of an infrastructural project.
Location Dubai, UAE
Size 520 m span, 16 lanes total
Year 2005 - 2008
with Halcrow International Partnership
The Time Tunnel connects not only two land masses but two different worlds: the ordinary main land with the visionary Palm Jebel Ali. Visualizing this transition from one sphere into the other, from one time zone into another, the Time Tunnel funnels two metro tracks, an eight-lane highway and a gondola for pedestrians. This winning project draws inspiration from works by Indian artist Anish Kapoor. While his structures work solely on the base of tension, the Time Tunnel is based on compression.
Location Main Bridge to Palm Jebel Ali, UAE
Size 380 m span, diameter of end circle: 104 m
for Halcrow International Partnership and Samsung
Palm Jebel Ali Bridge
The bridge to Palm Jebel Ali is part of the Welcoming Island master plan and as such follows the same design ideology as the architectural development. In a rather formalistic approach, the same parabolic line defines not only buildings but also the piers, the abutments, the body, the lights and the decorative elements of the bridge. The consistency of the geometric theme and the variation thereof in combination with a stringent concept for materialization, color scheme and lighting design result in a compelling yet cost efficient bridge design.
Location Dubai, UAE
Size 400 m, four lanes in each drections plus pedestrian walk
Central Bus Station Erfurt
The central bus station occupies the extension of the central plaza of the historic city of Erfurt. The volume not only respects but completes the urban surrounding. The entire building is lifted off the ground in order to create the roof structure for the seven bus tracks and to protect waiting passengers from the weather. This intervention allows an open view across the entire plaza which grant a high visibility on public transport activities. The award-winning project uses carefully pruned trees to replicate and complete the architecture of the station.
Location Erfurt, Germany
Size 16,980 m2
Scope Competition, Master Plan, Traffic and Architectural Design, Tender, Design Management and Supervision
Project Leader Fischer for Gössler Architekten, with WES Landschaftsarchitekten
Award Renault Traffic Award 2003
Abu Dhabi Bus Station
The design of the bus station incorporates all elements in a modular system from the roof down to the foundation. This guarantees quick installation and also allows full flexibility in regards of air conditioned areas due to methodical insulation. As a result, small and large configurations are possible as well as later expansion and modifications. A traditional pattern serves as decorative theme used for furniture, light and glass panels. The axial layout on the panels allows rotation in all axis which increases the visual variation.
Location Abu Dhabi, UAE
Size 16m2 to 66m2, 210 bus stations across the city