T+L Design Awards 2012
Sheikh Zayed Bridge, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects
About a half-mile long, this bridge connects Abu Dhabi Island to the mainland. The shape is a sine wave, a series of undulating curves that soar almost 200 feet above the water. From the perspective of motorists on the structure’s eight-lane highway, the massive steel waves form a parade of spectacular monuments. From shore, the bridge looks like a futuristic roller coaster, all speed and drama.