This project was for a new pedestrian crossing over the Liffey River at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens.
The design seeks to reflect on the past while confidently acknowledging the present through innovative technical design and the use of an age-old material in a strikingly contemporary way.
For the bridge span we choose Granite as the material because of its long-standing use in memorials and Irish burial sites going all the way back to Neolithic times.
The structure is a single span structure that over-sails the river with a refined sweep of a sculpted stone arch and beam. The overall structure measures 49,400mm from end to end alluding to the number of soldiers to which the memorial gardens are dedicated.
The granite sets are laid in 500mm wide sections spanning across the river. These layers of stone are tied together with post-tensioned steel strands anchored into each bank.
The balustrade is made of vertical brass alloy plates and complements the character of the stone with a softly reflective surface finish.
The design of the balustrade plays a symbolic role in the entrance procession to the gardens. Each vertical post is divided into 5 flutes giving a total of 4940. On each flute there are 10 inscribed vertical lines, giving 49,400 marks across the whole bridge. These markings are a formal palimpsest of the Irish soldiers who lost their lives during World War One, helping visitors visualise and emotionally understand the impact of armed combat.
- INWM Bridge Dublin
- Dublin City Council