It seems as if Dublin were a magnet for the world’s leading names in terms of architecture. Of course this is an honor for the city and a treat for her residents and visitors. Even if architecture and structural or civil engineering are not what makes your heart skip a beat, the latest design by world-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava will definitely bring a smile to your face, even if it’s lashing (raining hard and sideways) on you as you make use of his work.
What I am talking about is the Samuel Becket Bridge, which was introduced into the Dublin cityscape in May of 2009 and finally inaugurated and opened in December 2009 to pedestrians, motorists, and cyclists. The four-lane structure is intended to become Dublin’s Eiffel Tower. The plus? There are no lines to wait in or admission to pay; you may also use it any time you want!
In keeping with the iconic vision, the bridge is shaped like a harp (Ireland’s symbol), but laying on its side, the bridge is ingenious in its form and operation as it opens at a 90º angle as if it were an actual door to allow for large ships passage into and out of Dublin.
I am not sure if something like this exists anywhere else in the world, but I cannot hide my awe and amazement at such a structurally beautiful and innovative piece.