Memorial Bridge
completed, Rijeka, 2001.

The Memorial Bridge is a spatial intervention and an urban public object, a construction with tactile properties and a symbolic object. It is a pedestrian bridge that embodies the utilitarian function and a memory of the Croatian war of Independence veterans, a place of memory and piety, but also a social gathering and socializing spot. It is located in the center of Rijeka, on the channel which separates the historic city center from the former port, at one of the most potent sites for future construction (it is currently occupied by a parking lot, in the future it will become a park).
The bridge is designed as an extremely thin plate (65cm) connecting the two banks of the channel in a characteristic L-shape, it extends across the channel and ends with a monumental vertical accent. The definition of the public space was achieved only through the structure of the bridge itself, which at the same time must be recognized as a memorial object.
A four year long research resulted in the construction specially designed and manufactured exclusively for this project. Each part of the bridge was an industrially designed and manufactured product that was assembled on site. The 150 tons heavy steel bridge structure was produced in a local shipyard, and carried by sea in one piece on a specially designed barge to the location. As the Memorial Bridge had to pass under two existing bridges on its way to the site, the barge was designed so that it can sink at the time of lowest water levels and go under the existing bridges with its burden.
This urban public hybrid has changed the vista of the city (in the material as well as mental sense) and has achieved its goal of being a Memorial Bridge.

PROJECT NAME Memorial Bridge

PROJECT NO 018

PROGRAM public, urban planning

STATUS completed

PROJECT 1997-2001

CONSTRUCTION 2001-2001

LOCATION Croatia, Rijeka, Mrtvi kanal

PROJECT TYPE public competition, 30. November 1996

SITE AREA 1046 m²

GROSS FLOOR AREA 262 m²

FOOTPRINT 262 m²

ALTITUDE 1.7 m

BUDGET 1000000.00 EUR

CLIENT City of Rijeka

AUTHOR 3LHD

PROJECT TEAM Silvije Novak, Marko Dabrović, Saša Begović, Tatjana Grozdanić Begović, Siniša Glušica, Koraljka Brebrić Kleončić, Milan Štrbac

PROJECT TEAM COLLABORATORS Almes-eko - Branko Jurjević
Sapa AB - Mikael Lindqvist
Nova-lux
Osram - Mladen Sribar

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING Ces - Jean Wolf, Zoran Novački, Dušan Srejić
UPI-2M - Berislav Medić

PHOTOGRAPHY Aljoša Brajdić, Damir Fabijanić , 3LHD

MAIN CONTRACTOR Almes-eko
Ribarić

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