In many places in Gulou Waterfront, Jiangmen, China, the traditional wooden structures that support heritage ways of fishing and farming are rapidly being replaced by new high-rises and infrastructure. Built to help revitalize one of these water villages, this sculptural bridge uses glulam beams and aluminum panels and pays homage to centuries-old Chinese designs in establishing a contemporary thoroughfare. It allows boat traffic to pass underneath while protecting pedestrians from sun and rain, and — as one of the first modern wooden structures in the region — it also provides a glimpse at the future potential for mass timber in China.
Team Yujie Luo with Zhuojian Lu and Beilei Wang
Built to help revitalize water villages, Timber Bridge in Gulou Waterfront uses glulam beams and aluminum panels and pays homage to centuries-old Chinese designs.