bridge

2011 - 2012

 
 Photo by Daniela Marin

Photo by Daniela Marin

A replica of 17th century Japanese wooden bridge was constructed by the third year architecture students at Kingston University. It was part of the year-long project by the studio focusing on timber frame building technologies. 

 Photo by Daniela Marin

Photo by Daniela Marin

 Photo by Daniela Marin

Photo by Daniela Marin

 Photo by Daniela Marin

Photo by Daniela Marin

 Photo by Daniela Marin

Photo by Daniela Marin

 Photo by Daniela Marin

Photo by Daniela Marin

The interpreted design of the bridge represents the idea about economy of means, and about DIY using whatever was available to hand. The structure comprises standardised small section of timbers, screws and gaffer tapes.

 Showa period reconstruction of bridge: courtesy of Kintaikyo World Heritage Promotion Office

Showa period reconstruction of bridge: courtesy of Kintaikyo World Heritage Promotion Office

It first tested over the Hogsmill River in Kingston, then travelled to Ecobuild in Docklands, and Embassy of Japan in Piccadilly. It is now permanently housed in West Lexham Ecological Centre in Norfolk, integrated as part of the existing visitor centre. 

Team

Takeshi Hayatsu, Tim Gough

Students

Omar Abduliawad, Sulaiman Abedi, Tarek Abousakher, Julien Arnold, Yasmin Barnett, Miles Borg, Kaja Dahl, Lena Emanuelsen, Amarilnto Gkiosa, Joshua Heasman, Chetan Hirani, Mir Hosseini, Daniela Marin, Mahdi Mongabadi, Karen O Nyboe, Hazim Ramadan, Carl Scammell, Walid Sultani, Jack Syer, Jostein Vikanes, Solmi Won, Firat Yildirim

Supports

James Jones & Sons: Sustainable timber supplier

Kintaikyo World Heritage Promotion Office, City of Iwakuni Japan for archive information

Structural advice

Price & Myers

 

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