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Gateway Arches

CompanyAECOM / Erik Behrens
Lead DesignersErik Behrens
Design TeamAECOM
Project LocationAl Wahda Junction, Doha, Qatar
ClientAshghal
Prize(s)Gold in Architecture Categories / Arches, bridges, viaducts and gateways
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Entry Description

The 100m tall Gateway Arches have transformed a barren infrastructure corridor in Qatar into an immersive public artwork. Designed to be viewed in motion, drivers experience a sculpture which appears to kinetically transform as they pass through the junction. The unique intertwined and tilted arches and cable net, designed by architect Erik Behrens, reference Qatar’s pearl-diving heritage. The artwork has become a source of national pride and identity, setting a template for how generic road infrastructure can be heightened to become part of the local cultural fabric.