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School Bridge / Li Xiaodong Atelier

  • 01:00 - 5 January, 2010
School Bridge / Li Xiaodong Atelier
School Bridge / Li Xiaodong Atelier, © Li Xiaodong
© Li Xiaodong

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  • Location

    Pinghe, Fujian, China
  • Budget

    RMB 650.000
  • Area

    240.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

From the architect. 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 + a bridge, but also presents a spiritual centre. The main concept of the design is to enliven an old community (the village) and to sustain a traditional culture (the castles and lifestyle) through a contemporary language which does not compete with the traditional, but presents and communicates with the traditional with respect.

school plan
school plan

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 (for the kids) and the stage (for the villagers).

© Li Xiaodong
© Li Xiaodong
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smit patel · September 18, 2013

Li xiaodong collects funds for his projects himself
He doesn't build for clients
He felt the need to bridge to communities on the opposite sides so he proposed the project
So it doesn't matter if it's expensive or not

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Gastón Rojas · September 30, 2011

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Victor Mokaba · September 07, 2011

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Bernardo Blazquez · January 26, 2011

@_____miguel aqui lo tines el puente debajo de la escuela

wilson · January 22, 2011

we should care more about the student.maybe it's better to buy more books&pens or desk etc

Cindy FrewenWuellner · January 19, 2010

A school, a bridge, community and spiritual center in rural China. #architecture @archdaily

Matt · January 08, 2010

very beautiful and inspiring

RGoldschmidt · January 08, 2010

Loch, please do not upset me now. Ok and you are right here, do u design could be simpler and cheaper, but I am tired of comments like: oh my God what rendering good or bad, always searching for that girl in rendering, or what about this car . We came to ask me, unless I come not to see the forest because the trees. And if I have offended, frankly, I'm so sorry and I hope to not be angry with me still!

zs0001000 · January 07, 2010

the castle,Tulou, is more and more used as a place for tourism,which provied such project more reason.

hrs · January 06, 2010


Nicholas Patten · January 06, 2010

Cool Design: School Bridge.

rypat · January 06, 2010

Small projects like this will always be more important than projects like the Burj Khalifa.
Whether or not the bridge is "too expensive" or not, it's obvious that care was taken to design for the needs of the people, with respect to the site and context, and with use of beautiful tactile materials.

It certainly doesn't seem like a object of prestige, power and money, designed to capture every superlative known to architecture. This is more of a humanist building, for a specific group of children, and actually looks like it is contributing to their development and understanding of path and shelter.

Thank god that people are still building simply.

RGoldschmidt · January 06, 2010 12:37 PM

Good thinking rypat, I actually whanted to say the same thing, but you said what was need. And design and architecture can't be find just in phalic things. Live Freud to rest in peace. And Loch I'm thinking that you are just jelous, because you can't make good design fot this one!

helen · January 05, 2010

beautiful use of materials. it compliments perfectly with the environment.

true though, design could maybe a bit more kid-safe?

Loch · January 05, 2010

what a design of handrail!It's not comfortable for sure.

luna · January 05, 2010

expensive bridge in the poor village

Ale · January 06, 2010 09:08 AM

Who said poor people? Why do you think that people live in a poor village?

Matthew · January 05, 2010 09:21 PM

So the poor can't have access to good design, materials, and facilities? This structure and its program will no doubt add great value to the community.

oscar falcón lara · January 05, 2010

Nice and beautiful project. Materials are so warming.


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