DUBLIN – BRIDGE ON LIFFEY RIVER- SANTIAGO CALATRAVAPosted: May 25, 2011
Let me introduce you a very absorbing bridge located in the centre of Dublin, called after James Joyce, designed by Santiago Calatrava.
The bridge was opened in 2003, structure is designed as tied- arch bridge, 30 m wide and 40 m long, and is connecting the South and the North side of Dublin.
We can see that functionally it has been divided into one, middle passage for a vehicular traffic, and two pedestrian walkways on both side of the bridge.
On each side, between pedestrian and vehicular traffic, there is a special area excluded for people who want to stop and admire the Liffey River.
The designer used basically only three materials for it’s construction; glass , concrete and steel.
You can distinguish nice details of stainless strained steel cables/wire ropes stretching from the top of the arch to the bottom support- the structure has no support below the deck of the bridge whatsoever .
Personally I really like the way of designing the steel and glazed balustrade, and it’s connection to the existing retaining wall.
The architect, structural engineer S.Calatrava , here again did very well and I think he prooved that no architecture is to small for the good designer.
The building looks esspecially charming when illuminated by night.