Wind and Rain bridge

Covered Bridge, Resting and Meeting Space - Research work undertaken at the University of Hong Kong

Situated on the outskirts of Peitian Village, Fujian Province, China and designed to be constructed without the use of mechanical fasteners, “Wind and Rain Bridge” is a reciprocal interlocking timber structure which draws on the long tradition of wooden buildings native to the region. Each of the bridges’ 265 elements is unique and integral, assembled under the supervision of traditional carpenters, who number some of the few remaining exponents of their craft.

This project seeks to offer an alternative mode of community redevelopment that references local crafts and traditions, and utilizes sustainable materials and methods, to create both social and physical infrastructure. Critical to this process is the integration of digital design methodologies, which allow for the planning and testing of complex assemblies. The high level of training and labor associated with these assemblies has been a barrier to the continued viability of complex, long-span, timber structures in China and other developing and transitioning economies.

What this project aims to demonstrate is that through a study of method and material, and through an understanding of the material intelligence and inherent sustainability that lies at the heart of many of the traditional modes of working, that cultural practices can be evolved to meet the demands of modern life while still maintaining a link to the past and to the wider ecology.

Outskirts of Peitian Village, Fujian Province, China


Donn Holohan, Elspeth Lee, Peitian Village Carpenters Jiang, Hejia, Man Ho Kwan, Rosalia Leung, Chang Liu, HKU First Year Architecture Students

Credits and Sponsors:
Made possible by HKU Faculty of Architecture and the Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre