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Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects

Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects
Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects, © Hufton+Crow
© Hufton+Crow

Becoming a destination in itself and potential catalyst in the future urban growth of Abu Dhabi, the Zaha Hadid designed Sheikh Zayed Bridge was conceived in a highly mobile society that requires a new route around the Gulf south shore, connecting the three Emirates together. Hufton+Crow shared with us their photos as they capture the many viewpoints of this sinusoidal waveform structure. A complete gallery of images after the break.

Cite: Alison Furuto. "Sheikh Zayed Bridge / Zaha Hadid Architects" 09 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Roel · April 12, 2013

"Becoming a destination in itself..." ?! You must be kidding us. Whoever wrote that will be hard pressed to find supporting evidence! I wish there was a thumbs down on Archdaily! This "bridge" barely deserves to be called a bridge. Maybe a few architecture students would ride out for this, but other than that. The lower arch on the right is an architectural gesture, and worse even, an architectural gesture gone bad. Too bad.

Patrick H · April 11, 2013

I just don't buy it. Think of the Golden Gate bridge, for example. It is beautiful and iconic, because it is a pure expression of its structural principles. This bridge, however, feels like a tribute to Hadid's ego -- pointless swoops and curves that try to disguise the structure, making it less efficient and more expensive to build. It also lacks the usual grace and fluidity of her other designs, IMO.


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