Early insight for what's to come from Amanda Levete Architects
Amanda Levete Architects today released 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 and is one of the first projects completed by the new incarnation of the former Future Systems architect.
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.
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.
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
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. 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.