[First look] Zaha Hadid Architects has taken the wraps of its Sheikh Zayed Bridge project in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates (UAE)
The practice’s third bridge project, the structure connects Abu Dhabi island to the UAE mainland via a steel arch structure with reinforced concrete decking.
The 842 metre-long link is the third bridge to be built serving the island.
A statement from the practice explained: ‘[The] steel arches rise and spring from mass concrete piers [which are] asymmetrical in length [and are placed] between the road decks to mark the mainland and the navigation channels.
‘The spine splays along the central void, diverging under the road decks to the outside of the roadways at the other end of the bridge.’