Bridge School in Fujia,China_ Li Xiaodong

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La escuela se sitúa en una pequeña población china llamada Fujian. Esta población cuenta con numerosos ejemplos de arquitectura tradicional china y con dos castillos antiguos de gran valor histórico, separados por el rio que atraviesa el pueblo. El edificio precisamente se sitúa cruzando el río, conectando los dos castillos. Se trata de una escuela que no funciona sólo como tal fin, sino que también constituye un centro social para los habitantes del lugar. Es conocido como el puente escuela, ya que cumple esta doble función.

El edificio tiene como concepto principal de diseño el animar a la población china a apoyar la cultura tradicional y a valorarla, de ahí, que el arquitecto se situé en ese punto exacto del rio: conectando los dos castillos.

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Se trata de una estructura de metal que se apoya sobre dos plataformas, una a cada lado del rio.  Dicha estructura alberga dos estancias que se destinan diariamente a las clases de los niños, pero que también cumplen las funciones de auditorios y escenarios para los aldeanos de la localidad. De la estructura principal cuelga  otro puente peatonal para que la gente del pueblo pueda atravesar el arroyo.

El Puente escuela, es ejemplo de cómo el lugar puede ser el condicionante fundamental del proyecto, desde el cual se adopten distintas decisiones formales, constructivas y estructurales.

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This building is located in a small town in China called Fujian, which owns several examples of traditional Chinese architecture and two antique castles with high historical value separated by a river. This project’s aim is exactly that, to connect these two castles. It is a school, which also has the social functions for all the inhabitants of the town, it is commonly known as Bridge School because of its double function of connexion and education.

The main idea of this Project is to encourage the Chinese population to support and value tradition and culture; consequently, the architect places the school exactly in that point of connexion between the castles.

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Two platforms anchored in each shore of the river are connected by a steel structure. The mentioned structure contains two rooms, which are intended for children’s lessons daily but can serve as auditoriums or stages for the citizens on other occasions. From this main structure pends a smaller pedestrian bridge which serves for anyone to be able to cross the river

This Bridge School is an illustration of how the site can turn out to be the most important or even the only condition for the development of the Project in terms of form, construction or structure.

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+ http://www.dezeen.com/2009/12/23/bridge-school-at-pinghe-by-li-xiaodong/

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