What to do when you want to locate a school in the center of town but are confined by a creek and adjoining cliffs? Build a sustainable pedestrian bridge out of bamboo so the kids can get to school! That's exactly what Li Xiaodong did and the project is being applauded for how it was done.
This beautiful bamboo bridge is one of five winners of the 2010 Aga Khan Award for Architecture. It connects the small, two-room schoolhouse to the rest of the village. And the school is just as innovative. While it has just two rooms, louvers and walls can open or close depending on the season or type of function taking place in the school to create a larger or smaller space. The north end of the school can also be completely opened up and used as a stage for performances.
(Images by Li Xiaodong)