Footbridge Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Year 2016
Typology Fixed bridge
Location Abu Dhabi, AE
Client Miral Asset Management
Collaboration Atkins
Architects Syb van Breda, Tom de Weijer, Ruud Burger, Alkistis Krousti, Nicolai Waterdrinker

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque area is being extended with a Visitor center, parking area and monument. The assignment for this project was conceiving a good connection between these four places. In option 1, the arch, an element is added in the ensemble which frames the mosque and monument as if seen through a modern gate. A spectacular view is created from the top of the arch. Option 2, the tunnel, has a more modest approach to the assignment. An underpass with multiple directions connects all four destinations. The fully glazed roof at each entrance generates optimum views to the surrounding monuments.