A design competition conducted by the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) for new marine transport stations along the recently opened Dubai Canal has been awarded to Atkins.
The marine station construction is planned to start in 2019 and will provide transport links for commuters and tourists along the waterway from Business Bay to Jumeirah with an estimate of 13 million passengers.
Atkins’ concept derived from a large translucent canopy over each station symbolizes a fishing net being cast into the water, provides shading to the pontoon and station building beneath.
Photovoltaic panels are incorporated into the canopy to generate solar power to supply light at night time to the stations which glow like beacons along the canal. The station itself is designed to maximize the views over the canal and the city beyond.
“The sustainable design aims to generate its own power and hence reduce operational cost and reflect RTA’s commitment to the environment.” – Adrian Lindon, the fellow and director of architecture at Atkins
Lindon added, “We are now looking at the possibility of 3D printing some of the station structure modules. The Dubai 3D Printing Strategy is particularly relevant to the construction sector with a target to 3D print 25 per cent of buildings in Dubai by 2030.”