Fast-growing waterfront cities need bridges, and since 2004, Qatar's largest city, Doha, has tripled in size to more than one million residents. This planned bridge, dubbed “Sharq Crossing,” was designed by noted Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and is a spectacle of above-ground curves and below-ground sea tunnels. It will be able to accommodate 2,000 vehicles per hour per lane, with subsea tunnels taking on any overflow. The bridge is just in early stages right now, but the goal is to have it completed in time for the 2022 FIFA World Cup – hosted by Qatar.

Contrary to common conceptions, great architecture is not limited to homes or buildings. To us, great architecture provides excellence in both form and function. Calatrava’s sinewy and sensuous Doha bridge is a tour de force which achieves both in spades.

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