Mark #35 —
Zaha Hadid’s Sheikh Zayed Bridge seems to drift above the water, challenging gravity. On the drive into the heart of Abu Dhabi, the arcs of the four-lane bridge step up, merge in and out, and hit the highest point at a height of 60 m before plunging head-over-heels into the sands. The design’s apparent velocity of form is aided by incessant light installations that shine unsteadily along the underbelly, revealing the structural framework that supports the roadway. In this issue of the magazine we have highlighted the sculptural, metaphorical flow of Hadid’s magic: her talent to carry out an unconventional mental picture. The aim of government, as channeled into Hadid’s visualization, is not to walk along the equilibrium shaft of light, but to test limitations between the on the cards and out of the question.