Samuel Beckett Bridge (2007-2009). Architect: Santiago Calatrava.
Sir John Rogerson's Quay. Grand Canal Dock, Dublin, Leinster, Ireland.
Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava designed the Samuel Beckett Bridge inspired by the shape of the harp -musical instrument that has been historically deemed as a secular icon for Ireland. This is his second signature bridge in Dublin after the James Joyce bridge, located further upstream. Since launch, it has become a major attraction for tourists visiting the city of Dublin. Putting aside its bold aesthetic dimension, it amazes me that this gigantic structure has the ability to rotate 90 degrees to allow the passage of vessels and ships thanks to a rotational mechanism built in the base of the pylon.