University of Limerick Living Bridge

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University of Limerick Living Bridge
Connecting the University of Limerick’s campuses on either side of the River Shannon, this bridge creates a new journey for users through the sensitive riparian landscape of the river and its flood plain, suspending them temporarily in the natural environment.

Context and Brief
The design of this bridge, which links the University of Limerick’s main campus with a new site north of the River Shannon, grows from the site, an organic response to a natural environment. A curvaceous deck sweeps across the Shannon and its embankments in five spans between strategically located support locations. The impression is both of a single crossing but also of a series of bridges jumping from pier to pier, like stepping-stones. This span arrangement is a pragmatic response to the founding opportunities within the river, placing piers on the riverbanks, wooded islands and pool edges. The deck width ‘pulses’ along its length, offering wider platforms to be used as resting places or spaces for public art.


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    Contextual view View from river bank Night view Deck view Detail of deck refuge Contextual view Night view showing underside of deck Pedestrian on bridge Site plan Drawing showing deck refuge
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