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Sheikh Zayad Bridge Abu Dhabi

Contemporary Architecture in UAE design by Zaha Hadid Architects

11 Apr 2008

Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Design: Zaha Hadid Architects

Sheikh Zayad Bridge in Abu Dhabi

Sheikh Zayad Bridge Abu Dhabi design by Zaha Hadid

Sheikh Zayad Bridge

There is a highly mobile society, which 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.

Sheikh Zayad Bridge Abu Dhabi design by Zaha Hadid

The location of the new (third) Gateway Crossing, close to the first bridge, is critical in the development 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.

Sheikh Zayad Bridge Abu Dhabi design by Zaha Hadid

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.

Sheikh Zayad Bridge Abu Dhabi design by Zaha Hadid

Abu Dhabi Sheikh Zayad Bridge – Building Information

Sheik Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi, Emirate Of Abu Dhabi
1997-2005 – under construction
PROGRAM: 2 ways four lane highway bridge to Abu Dhabi island
CLIENT: Sheik Sultan Bin Zayid Al Nahyan
Chairman Public Works Department
P O Box 3-88, Abu Dhabi
ARCHITECT: Design Zaha Hadid Architects, London, UK]
CONSULTANTS: Structure Rendel Palmer Tritton, London, UK]
Lighting Hollands Licht, Amsterdam, Netherlands]
DIMENSIONS: 800m long, 64m high, 61m wide

Abu Dhabi Bridge images / information from Zaha Hadid Architects 2008

Sheikh Zayad Bridge design : Zaha Hadid, based in London, UK

Location: Abu Dhabi, UAE

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