Sheikh Zayed Bridge by Zaha Hadid
photographed by Hufton + Crow


Slideshow feature: Zaha Hadid's Sheikh Zayed Bridge in Abu Dhabi is pictured in these new images by London photographers Hufton + Crow.

The 842-metre-long bridge connects Abu Dhabi Island with the mainland and comprises a sequence of concrete waves that curve up and down from the water to reach a height of 64 metres. A four-lane highway runs across and the two road decks are cantilevered from the sides of the structure.

Zaha Hadid Architects completed the project in 2010 - read more in our earlier story.

See more photography by Hufton + Crow on Dezeen, or on the photographers' website.

  • Moez

    I love the idea of skipping rocks on water as a founding aesthetic for the bridge, but I find the stark white of the bouncing concrete really ugly, especially when viewed directly from the side.

    It does however look beautiful from underneath where you can see the blocks intertwine, but it’s a shame you’ll only be able to appreciate that if you have the money to afford a yacht and not while thousands drive across it.

    Missed opportunity to refine the design into something more delicate and elegant I feel.

  • yaya


  • noko

    I like the overall form. I wish the upper level of the bridge had the same complexities as the bottom though.

  • SNP

    Not so sure about stones skimming the water – looks more like a family of hippos?

  • Sexy!

  • Khalid

    I recall the first time driving over the bridge on my way into AD from Dubai and thinking to myself, “Oh, was that the Zaha Hadid bridge?”, having only ever seen it from the distance on another road (while the bridge was in construction). I must unfortunately add to the comments that the bridge is a let-down, not well finished when seen from the perspective of a user, and really only attractive from a distant road when illuminated at night when the splotchy paint job and sand coating the structure is not visible. Thank goodness for Photoshop.

  • Haha

    Behold, the obese Calatrava!