Memorial Bridge


45°19'32''N 14°26'47''E
Mrtvi kanal

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. 

The Bridge 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 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 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.

Fact Sheet

Project name

Memorial Bridge

project number



public, urban planning




2001 - 2001


Croatia, Rijeka, Mrtvi kanal

site area

1046 m²


262 m²


262 m²

entry level

1.7 m



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 - Berislav Medić

Structural Engineering

Ces - Jean Wolf, Ces - Zoran Novački, Ces - Dušan Srejić, UPI-2M - Berislav Medić, Sapa AB - Mikael Lindqvist, Almes-eko - Branko Jurjević


Aljoša Brajdić, Damir Fabijanić, 3LHD

Main Contractor

Almes-eko, Ribarić



Construction site

Back to top Back to projects