Gateway Arches

PrizeHonorable Mention in Architectural Design / Other Architecture
Firm LocationLondon, United Kingdom
Project locationAl Wahda, Doha, Qatar
CompanyAECOM / Erik Behrens
Lead ArchitectErik Behrens

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.