Eco Chic | Bamboo Bridge School, China
Located in a rural Chinese village, bamboo Bridge School in Xiashi, China has rejuvenated the entire community by providing a place for children to learn, a means to cross the town’s river, and a public gathering space. Architect Li Xiaodong designed the little two-room schoolhouse as a multi purpose facility for the whole village, and it has become the heart of the town.
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.