This competition entry was short-listed as one of two finalists for this prestigious project. Located in Doha, Qatar, Doha Bay Crossing is a set of three interconnected bridges spanning almost 10 kilometers in the Doha Bay. The bridge will connect the city’s cultural district in the north to Hamad International Airport and the central business district in West Bay. The bridges, which are designed to accommodate as many as 2,000 vehicles an hour per lane, are also flanked by a series of sub-sea tunnels to manage and direct the flow of traffic across the bay.
Given the history of Doha and Qatar as a major world player in the generation of natural and exotic pearls, our lighting concept was inspired the opalescence of a natural pearl, and its calming yet exciting effect on the viewer. We wanted to achieve the lighting effect of a pearl seen under a full moon. The lighting pattern consists of a series of sparkling points or “pearls,” while the structural lighting focuses on illumination of the interior of the bridge structure: in effect, an inside-out strategy for lighting which plays up the bridge’s dimensionality, sculpting the structural members with light.