Dublin Spire, Irish Tower: Dublin Spike

Dublin Spire, Architect, Building, Ireland Spike Design, Project, Irish Tower Sculpture, Photographs

Dublin Spire, Ireland

Irish Tower: Architectural Sculpture Information + Images – design by Ian Ritchie Architects

page updated 11 Sep 2016 ;

Dublin Spike

Major design by the studio, located in the heart of the irish capital

Project architect: Robin Cross

The Spire of Dublin

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photos from Ian Ritchie Architects 2007

The spire was designed by Ian Ritchie Architects, who sought an “Elegant and dynamic simplicity bridging art and technology”. The contract was awarded to SIAC-Radley JV and it was manufactured by Radley Engineering of Dungarvan, County Waterford, and erected by SIAC Construction Ltd & GDW Engineering Ltd.

The first section was installed on 18 December 2002. Construction of the sculpture was delayed because of difficulty in obtaining planning permission and environmental regulations. The Spire consists of eight hollow stainless steel cone sections, the longest being 20 m (66 ft), which were installed on 21 January 2003.

It is an elongated cone of diameter 3 m (9.8 ft) at the base, narrowing to 15 cm (5.9 in) at the top. It features two tuned mass dampers, designed by engineers Arup, to counteract sway. The steel underwent shot peening to alter the quality of light reflected from it.

Dublin Spire : Ian Ritchie Architects


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The Spire Dublin – Stirling Prize 2004 Shortlist

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image from architect
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Design: Foster + Partners
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image © Foster + Partners
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Dublin City Market development, Temple Bar
Design: HKR Architects with make and Gehl Architects
Dublin Market
image © make architects
Dublin Market : Architecture Competition winner 2008

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Dublin Spire

Website: Dublin, Ireland