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Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects

  • 01:00 - 15 February, 2012
Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects
Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • Design

    Zaha Hadid
  • Project Architect

    Graham Modlen
  • Project Team

    Garin O’Aivazian, Zahira Nazer, Christos Passas, Sara Klomps, Steve Power
  • Project Year

    2010
  • Photographs

From the architect. The UAE has a highly mobile society that requires a new route around the Gulf south shore, connecting the three Emirates together. In 1967 a steel arch bridge was built to connect the fledgling city of Abu Dhabi island to the mainland, followed by a second bridge built in the seventies, connecting downstream at the south side of Abu Dhabi Island. The location of the new (third) Gateway Crossing, close to the first bridge, is critical in the development and completion of the highway system.

© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

Conceived in an open setting, the bridge has the prospect of becoming a destination in itself and potential catalyst in the future urban growth of Abu Dhabi.

drawing 02
drawing 02

A collection, or strands of structures, gathered on one shore, are lifted and ‘propelled’ over the length of the channel. A sinusoidal waveform provides the structural silhouette shape across the channel.

© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

The mainland is the launch pad for the bridge structure emerging from the ground and approach road. The Road decks are cantilevered on each side of the spine structure. Steel arches rise and spring from mass concrete piers asymmetrically, in length, between the road decks to mark the mainland and the navigation channels. The spine splits and splays from one shore along the central void position, diverging under the road decks to the outside of the roadways at the other end of the bridge.

© Christian Richters
© Christian Richters

The main bridge arch structure rises to a height of 60 m above water level with the road crowning to a height of 20 metres above mean water level.

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There&#39s something slightly askew about building a bridge as a "destination". http://t.co/NQr51dyj

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Brian Boyle · February 16, 2012

Too dangerous to take a photo on any road in the UAE!

Jaffar · February 15, 2012

I'm more interested in how the bridge is for the people driving through it. Not a single photo from that angle.

PatrickLBC · February 16, 2012 01:36 AM

Wait, so you care about the experience of the end user?... How quaint! This is 21st century mega-development starchitecture, we don't care about human experience anymore.

H-J · February 15, 2012 07:59 PM

It appears to me like driving between a lady's spread legs.

Dennis Moss Jnr · February 15, 2012 07:49 PM

too true!

dolf · February 15, 2012

Welcome to the 21st century... Robert Venturi's 'Decorated Duck' all over again.

t1n0yb · March 04, 2012 12:48 PM

Don't be a duck, dolf. It's either a duck or a decorated shed.

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