Designed in collaboration with Roughan O'Donovan, the James Joyce Bridge is one of Calatrava's better structures. It is relatively straightforward in conception, with two steel arches inclined outwards from a central highway, supporting the road and footways and helping define attractive and generous pedestrian spaces.
High strength Macalloy steel bars connect the deck to the arches, each hanger consisting of a pair of bars in a manner typical of Calatrava designs. The footways are supported on crossbeam cantilevers, and have a glass-block deck and glass-panel balustrades.
The overall form of the bridge is attractive from almost every perspective, but what I admire most about this bridge is the detailing, which has clearly been done with considerable care. It's a bridge simple in overall concept yet complex in the detail; I like it a lot.
- Google maps / Bing maps
- Bridges of Dublin
- Project History of Dublin's River Liffey Bridges (Phillips and Hamilton, ICE Bridge Engineering, 2003)
- Lowering the James Joyce Bridge at Blackhall Place, Dublin (Campbell Scientific, undated)
- A Critical Analysis of Santiago Calatrava's James Joyce Bridge, Dublin, Ireland (Mulkeen, University of Bath Bridge Engineering Conference, 2009)
- Ireland's Bridges (Cox and Gould, 2003)
- Calatrava Bridges (Tzonis and Caso Donadei, 2005)