Gallery: Bamboo Bridge School Wins a 2010 Aga Khan Award

 
"...The very modern structure not only blends successfully into the landscape, it also succeeds in joining the bulky forms of the two historic structures through a linear lightweight sculpture that floats above the river."

Li Xiaodong was asked to design a small school for the village of Xiashi in the Fujian Province, and he had the idea to combine the school with a pedestrian bridge that connected two historic toulou (circular castles made from packed dirt). A creek runs right through the middle of the village and the toulou serve as important historical landmarks, so it made sense to locate the school at the physical heart of the village. As Xiaodong says, the concept resulted in “minimum intervention, yet maximum impact – to rejuvenate the whole community.”

The school is constructed out of two large steel spans that cross the bridge and smaller steel supports and framing. Local materials and wood were used to create the facade, interior furnishings and school furniture. While the steel is very modern, especially in the context of a rural village, the material will last a long time while creating a structurally-sound school. The use of local materials helps the building blend texturally and aesthetically with the rest of the village.

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4 Comments

  1. parvathy.r March 1, 2012 at 5:39 am

    super…rly i like it…………….

  2. CHANDAN HALDAR January 24, 2011 at 8:17 am

    OH MY GOD ,,,WHAT AN BAMBOO SCHOOL ,,,,COUDNT KEEP MY EYES SHUT EVEN FOR A SCOND,,,,MY CONGRATES TO THE ARCH…HATS OFF

  3. Andrianome Frederic January 5, 2011 at 11:18 am

    We in Madagascar dream to develop a strategic policy to promote bamboo technology

  4. Barr.L.MOwoebute-Okedeji January 1, 2011 at 8:50 am

    Became interested in reading and knowing more of the wonderful world of bamboo.Particularly coming from the background of Africa.

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