Bridge School at Pinghe

The school forms a bridge over a creek between two castles. Called Bridge School at Pinghe, the steel structure is supported on concrete platforms and covered in thin wooden slats. It contains two classrooms that can also be used as a theatre by villagers. A narrow walkway is suspended underneath the school structure as a second means of crossing the creek. 

Word from the architect Li Xiaodong:
The Bridge, the School, the Playground, the Stage Located at a remote village, Fujian Province in China, the project does not only provides a physical function – a school and a bridge – but also presents a spiritual centre. The main concept of the design is to enliven an old community and to sustain a traditional culture through a contemporary language which does not compete with the traditional, but presents and communicates with the traditional with respect. It is done by combining few different functions into one space – a bridge which connects two old castles cross the creek, a school which also symbolically connects past, current with future, a playground and the stage.


15 photos and 4 drawings

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    This is something I would love to do in my future career. To create something respectful and meaningful to the history and local culture and provide school facilities for poor village children, in stead of designing “screaming architecture” for the fame like some of the famous Chinese Architect
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