Santiago Calatrava has designed a beautiful series of three bridges called Sharq Crossing for Doha Bay in Qatar. Connecting the city’s cultural district south to Hamad International Airport, the bridges are interconnected with subsea tunnels that undulate above and below the water. An elevated park above the car lanes brings lush greenery and a unique view for pedestrians, surrounded by the waters of Doha.
Designed in his iconic style, the beautiful Sharq Crossing gracefully arcs just outside of Doha’s busy skyline, adding a gentle curve over the water. The bridges will help manage Doha’s traffic, diverting 2,000 vehicles per hour per lane, effectively maneuvering them in a direct northern-southern route. Spanning six miles in total, the bridge will add an important artery to the area’s roadways. The system will not only help local traffic in the growing city, but also prepare Doha for the World Cup that will be hosted in Qatar in 2022 .
The bridge will also add much needed green space to the city with a beautiful sprawling elevated park that juts out over the water. The double decker West Bay Bridge brings a High Line style park to the city that is accessible by elevated walkway. The park will include a tree-lined promenade as well as recreational and hospitality facilities that lead to a multi-tiered park at the end of the bridge. The park will also connect directly to Doha’s business district, invigorating the retail shops around the base of the bridge.
Calatrava’s grandiose Sharq Crossing Bridge will add a landmark and public work to Doha’s booming skyline.
Via Arch Daily