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Commemorative Bridge – Irish National War Memorial Gardens

‘The most slender and shallow structural arch technically possible’

Ian Ritchie Architects are delighted to have been named winners of the competition to design a commemorative bridge across the river Liffey at the Irish National War Memorial Gardens (INWMG), Dublin.

Organised by The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Office of Public Works (OPW), the open international competition attracted a total of 61 entries from 9 different countries. Ian Ritchie Architects developed the bridge design in close collaboration with the German engineering firm Schlaich Bergermann Partner (SBP).

The winning entry was announced by Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief at a ceremony in Dublin Castle on Tuesday 14th May 2019.

The INWMG, designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens (1869-1944), commemorates the estimated 49,400 Irish people who died during the First World war 1914-18.

‘A bridge in the landscape’

We have designed the simplest and most elegant way of crossing over the Liffey. A slender blade of stainless steel emerges from the reeds to arc over the river. Our bridge design is the most slender and shallow structural arch that is technically possible. The structure reaches its most slender point at the mid-point of the river.

In addition to the slender, stainless steel arch of the bridge, the winning design was developed around two key concepts: