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Spencer Dock Bridge, Dublin by Amanda Levete Architects

First look: Amanda Levete Architects has completed its Spencer Dock Bridge in Dublin

The competition-winning scheme, which was won in April 2007 while the practice was still called Future Systems, is one of the first major projects completed under the name of Levete’s new firm.

Levete was commissioned directly by the client on the bridge - one of several projects designed under the Future System’s banner but without the input of the practice’s co-founder Jan Kaplicky who died earlier this year.

The 40 metre span bridge will carry trams, traffic and pedestrians across the city’s Royal Canal. The edges of the deck peel down to reveal a space for pedestrians to take in views of the dock and Linear Park which is currently under construction.

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.

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.

Constructed using a combination of white insitu and precast reinforced concrete, all formwork is milled directly from 3D parametric models.

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


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