Sheikh Zayed Bridge by Zaha Hadid Architects


Sheikh Zayed Bridge by Zaha Hadid Architects

Photographer Roland Halbe has sent us some new images of the Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Sheikh Zayed Bridge by Zaha Hadid Architects

Construction of the 842 metre-long bridge between Abu Dhabi Island and the mainland completed earlier this year.

Sheikh Zayed Bridge by Zaha Hadid Architects

The structure comprises several arching waves of reinforced concrete, which support a four-lane highway.

Sheikh Zayed Bridge by Zaha Hadid Architects

Coloured lights illuminate the bridge after dark.

Sheikh Zayed Bridge by Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects have completed a number of projects this year, including the London 2012 Aquatics Centre and the zigzagging Riverside Museum in Glasgow - read more about Zaha Hadid here.

Here's some text from the architects:

Sheikh Zayed Bridge

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 develop- ment and completion of the highway system. 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.

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.
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.

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.

PROGRAM: 2 ways four lane highway bridge to Abu Dhabi island
CLIENT: Abu Dhabi Municipality

ARCHITECT: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design: Zaha Hadid
Project Architect: Graham Modlen
Project Team: Garin O'Aivazian, Zahira Nazer, Christos Passas, Sara Klomps, Steve Power
Project Engineer: Joe Barr, Mike King, Mike Davies Highpoint Rendel [Abu Dhabi, UAE]

Structure: Rendel Palmer Tritton [London, UK]
Lighting: Hollands Licht [Amsterdam, Netherlands]

DIMENSIONS: 842m long, 64m high, 61m wide
MATERIALS: Piers, Decking: Reinforced Concrete Arches: Steel

  • melon

    There is no beauty in this

  • Jeremy

    This is such a disappointment as a project. Living in Abu Dhabi I cross this every day and it's a real non event as a bridge. Poorly built with no sense of drama or inherent structure – an epic waste of money.

  • sam

    too massive to be elegant. the formal aspect goes over the structure

  • alex

    Was anyone else expecting this to be a classic organic Hadid bridge? It's not – it's an ungainly, cumbersome form holding up quite an attractive road level. I wish we could see some detailing.

  • Gavin Berriman

    Is anyone else a bit bored of Hadid? There are only so many views she can ruin.

  • Astonished

    How to make a bridge twice as expensive. What for? For nothing.

  • H-J

    Looks like a couple in the soixante-neuf position…

  • V D

    it would be interesting to see a stuntman slide down in person

  • LOW

    It's not elegant…. but it looks as if rampantly galloping…

  • edward

    Reminds me of the Loch Ness Monster. Everything a bridge structure should not be. I can imagine Zaha taking a bit of charcoal pencil and with a few deft sweeps, sketching the outlines with a : OK boys. Make it stand up.

  • at first i thought i liked the bridge until i read all the comments :/

  • Nino

    The second picture looks quite cool at least – in a sparse concrete kind of way!!??

  • Lucas Melo

    It really look like the Third Bridge (terceira ponte) of Brasília.

  • I

    This is a gorgeous masterpiece! Us locals in Abu Dhabi love it and that what matters!

  • I think it's a bridge to be enjoyed at it's best moments, like at the 2nd, 3rd and 4th photos …The last photo doesn't do it justice, unless that's how the weather consistently is.

  • Mambo

    Why Are You Little People So Jealous Of ZaHa ? She's A True Artist.
    None of you Will Ever Do What She Has.. She Makes Art For People Who Are Rich. Not For You Internet Fools.

  • archinerd

    Mambo… im not sure if the people on here are jealous of zaha and yes i agree that there are many idiots on this site but if you are a true fan of zaha you can tell that she didn’t do this… its zaha in name only, i don’t believe that she actually did the drawings and if she did then i am a little disappointed.
    She really is a rare treasure but you must agree that some of the projects that hadid has produced recently are not in the same league of her previous works.
    I don’t know but i believe that once a practise gets to a certain size it must be difficult for a principle to retain design control of all work turned out from their office…. its a shame!

  • too masive

  • dima

    Hadid`s architecture becomes a showbiz. That`s what sad!