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Abu Dhabi - Emirati Arabi Uniti: [SHEIKH ZAYED BRIDGE BY ZAHA HADID ARCHITECTS]
Zaha Hadid Architects

Over several decades, the UAE, an increasingly mobile society, has undertaken ambitious infrastructure projects to create a high-speed highway network connecting the three Emirates together.

Zaha Hadid Architects

As far back as 1967, a steel arch bridge was constructed to connect the then fledgling city of Abu Dhabi Island to the mainland, with a second bridge completed during the 1970s.

Zaha Hadid Architects

The Sheikh Zayed Bridge, carrying a two-way four lane highway provides a vital third Gateway crossing, connecting to the expanding highway system on the Gulf south shore.

Zaha Hadid Architects

A massive structure, rising 60m above water-level at its highest point, the bridge’s fluid silhouette makes it a destination point in its own right. It is also intended to serve as a catalyst for future urban growth in Abu Dhabi.

Zaha Hadid Architects

It rises from the mainland against an open panorama, gathering ground level road structures together, then lifting and propelling them across the channel on cantilevered road decks which run either side of the bridge’s spine structure.

Zaha Hadid Architects

Asymmetrical steel arches rise and spring from mass concrete piers to form a coherent sinusoidal waveform, which splays and splits from one shore along the central void, before diverging beneath the road decks on reaching the other. Design and construction of a third gateway crossing linking Abu Dhabi Island to the Gulf south shore.

Zaha Hadid Architects

Our two-way four lane highway bridge features cantilevered road decks suspended from symmetrical steel arches, which form a sinusoidal waveform – giving this huge structure its fluid silhouette.

Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects
Zaha Hadid Architects

Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects Design: Zaha Hadid Project Architect: Graham Modlen Project Team: Garin O’Aivazian, Zahira Nazer, Christos Passas, Sara Klomps, Steve Power Engineer: Highpoint Rendel Structural: Rendel Palmer Tritton Lighting: Hollands Licht Height: 64m Length: 842m Width: 61m Year: 2010 Client: Sheikh Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Photo: Christian Richters