The Spire

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The Spire
The Spire as seen from Henry Street

The Spire as seen from Henry Street

place O'Connell Street , Dublin , Ireland
architect Ian Ritchie Architects
Construction year 2003
height 123 m
Floor space ≈ 7 m²
Coordinates 53 ° 20 '59 "  N , 6 ° 15' 37"  W Coordinates: 53 ° 20 '59 "  N , 6 ° 15' 37"  W.

The Spire ( English : "The tip") is a monument and landmark of Dublin , capital of Ireland . The Spire is officially called the Monument of Light and in Irish An Túr Solais ("Tower of Light").

The 121.2 meter (398 foot) high stainless steel needle has stood in the center of O'Connell Street since 2003 and is illuminated at night. It stands on the site of of breakaway on 8 March 1966 the IRA blasted -members Nelson column ( Nelson's Pillar ) and had to turn of the century to be completed, but the completion delayed by three years.

Planned and designed the longest was sculpture in the world by architects Ian Ritchie Architects from the UK . The Arup engineering office was responsible for the static calculation . The steel needle weighs 126 tons and consists of eight parts that are held together by 204 screws and a total of two kilometers of welds. The Spire stands on a concrete foundation and has a diameter of three meters at its base and 15 centimeters at the top. In addition, a light is integrated in the tip that can be clearly perceived as far as Dublin Bay and the surrounding area. The fluctuation at the top is limited to 1.50 meters by dampers inside. Popularly the sculpture both the expression takes Spike and stiletto in the ghetto (Engl. " Stiletto heel in the ghetto" ) or Stiffy by the Liffey (Engl. " Stand on the Liffey" ). The Spire is also a popular hangout for youngsters in Dublin.

The cost of the structure was around four million euros . The Spire has been nominated for the following architecture and construction awards: RIBA National Award & Stirling Prize (2004), British Construction Industry International Award (2003), Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture (2005).

See also

Individual evidence

  1. Spire cleaners get prime view of city. In: Irish Independent Online. Retrieved March 8, 2009 .
  2. Spire beats Boru for title. (No longer available online.) In: [1] , quoted from the Evening Herald, 4/3/2003. Archived from the original on November 18, 2007 ; Retrieved March 8, 2009 . Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  3. ^ Theodore William Moody, Francis X. Martin, Francis John Byrne: A New History of Ireland , page 536. ISBN 0-19-821742-0 online (English), accessed on March 7, 2011

Web links

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