Spencer Dock Bridge Dublin, Amanda Levete

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Spencer Dock Bridge Dublin

Architecture Development by Amanda Levete Architects in Dublin, Ireland

10 Jul 2009

Spencer Dock Bridge Photos

Amanda Levete Architects release first images of the completed Spencer Dock Bridge in Dublin

The 40 metre span bridge with its fluid lines and undulating concrete surface will take trams, traffic and pedestrians across the Royal Canal. The edges of the deck peel down to reveal a space for pedestrians to pause and take in views of the dock and Linear Park which is currently under construction.

Spencer Dock Bridge Dublin

Photographs : Gidon Fuehrer

The underside of the bridge merges with the piers in a single movement with joint lines in the concrete designed to accentuate the geometry of the form. The finish of the concrete provides high visibility against the dark water of the canal and at night the structure will be vibrantly lit from below giving the bridge a significant presence.

Spencer Dock Bridge Dublin

As proportions of the bridge are unusual the office took this as an opportunity to consider the bridge as a piece of landscape design. The soft geometry and asymmetry of the design creates a piece of infrastructure that resolves the tension between form and function.

The bridge is the centrepiece of the new extension to the light rail line in Dublin city centre and part of a larger regeneration project for the inner city and former docks.

Spencer Dock Bridge Dublin

Constructed using a combination of white insitu and precast reinforced concrete, all formwork is milled directly from 3D parametric models. This innovative use of CNC cut polystyrene is to date the largest application of the material to be used in this way.

Commissioned as Future Systems, the bridge is one of the first major projects completed under the name of Amanda Levete Architects.

The bridge will be fully operational in 2010 to coincide with completion of the Linear Park.

Spencer Dock Bridge Dublin

Spencer Dock Bridge Dublin – Building Information

Client: Dublin Docklands Development Authority / Railway Procurement Agency
Location: Dublin
Program: Bridge for vehicles, tram and pedestrians
Contract Value: €4.5 million
AL_A Team: Amanda Levete
Alan Dempsey, Project Architect
Peter Feldman, Jordy Fu, Alvin Huang, Theo Sarantoglou
Photography: Gidon Fuehrer
Structural Engineers: Arup
Commissioned as Future Systems; completed as Amanda Levete Architects 2009

Spencer Dock Bridge images / information from Amanda Levete Architects

Spencer Dock Bridge design : Amanda Levete Architects


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