Yuhua Village consists of several belt-shaped and group-shaped farmhouse groups. Each part is relatively independent and can only be connected by a main road running through the town. Especially the Longtingwu group, being deep in the northwest of the village that can hardly be seen from the entrance to the village. What is even more unfavorable is that this narrow bridge, which can only get one car passed, has to turn nearly 90 degrees when crosses the Zhangwu River through a bridge in Yuhua Village. So this car Bridges often become a traffic celliing and a potential danger in the village.
▼玉华村人行桥与环境肌理，Yuhua Village pedestrian bridge and the environment
In recent years, the Government has built a slow-moving road facility for walking and riding along the Zhangwu River. However, there are not many people using it cause the bad connection with several residential groups in spite of the beautiful river. Therefore, how to further sort out the traffic in the village, make it safer and smoother, and strengthen the contact among the various groups, had become an urgent issue.
▼人行桥外观鸟瞰，aerial view of the pedestrian bridge
If a circle is used to circle these several rural groups, the location of the Yuhua pedestrian bridge is basically the center of the circle. After careful analysis, through this new bridge, it can not only divert people and vehicles, but also enhance the accessibility of various parts of the village, and improve the connection between the Longtingwu group and the others and make it more convenient to the committee and the center. If it is assisted by a low-rolling dam, an open river surface will be formed near the bridge, which is of great value to the landscape, and this part will also be a potential public leisure venue.
▼桥和河道周边是一个潜在的公共休闲场所， area near the bridge and river is a potential public leisure venue
▼低矮的滚水坝在桥附近形成开阔的河道水面，low-rolling dam formed an open river surface near the bridge
At the town level, the construction of the bridge also allows the original greenway to be extended to the Longtingwu group, allowing people to enjoy the quiet stream and bamboo forest scenery. In the years of research and practice in the countryside, we have always emphasized “sole activation, micro-update”, then the location of the bridge is the key “Acupoints” to solve the issue of interconnection and accessibility as means of acupuncture. If two sides of the river here can be connected, the original linear greenway will become a truly multi-level network system. More interestingly, it will change the spatial structure of the village and turn to a compact landscape centered on the water landscape.
▼桥以针灸的方式解决玉华村面临的问题，the bridge is the key “Acupoints” to solve the issue of this village
The main purpose of bridges is of course to make people cross the river, but the meaning is not limited to this. As described in Bian Zhilin’s poem “Broken Chapter”: ” You are standing on the bridge to appreciate the scenery, The man of appreciateing the scenery is appreciateing you upstairs. The bright moon has decorated your window, And you have decorated another man’s dream.” It is the best thing in the world to be seen and see each other, but we often forget to stop and appreciate the beauty around us, or realize that we are the others’. On the one side of the river is lush bamboo sea, and on the other side is the beautiful field，both is picturesque scenery with the sound of water. If you look at it from any direction, it will be projected into the landscape of your heart. So, how can make people stay on the bridge for a while, stop to look far, and get their own moments of the mood, also achieve a tiny world of others, become a basic idea and goal at the beginning of the design.
▼桥上与桥下建立了看与被看的关系，visual relationship between the bridge the surroundings
The original idea was actually that a slightly arched bridge supported by two blocks, so that the connection between the bridge and banks on both sides could be more smoothly. And changing the slope of the bridge can make people’s sights look up or down slightly, and find a different kind of scenery.
▼人行桥最初构思，original idea of the pedestrian bridge
But the slope always makes people feel unstable on the bridge. In addition, during the discussion, the owner reminded that people will cut bamboos in autumn and winter every year. For the sake of safety and convenience, the bridge deck would better to be flat as possible, and there would be a little bit height on both sides, which will force the people to slow down to ensure safety. As a result, the form of the deck has returned to a straight state, but four platforms have been added. They are both a good place to view and avoid the transportation of bamboos. The platform is covered by the transparent sun panels fitted with bamboo ceiling grilles, which obscures a shade for those who stop here. The four covers are undulating, reflecting the trend of the mountains in the distance; the pillars are also skewed, echoing the rhythm and tone of the ceilings, so that the monotonous bridge become more relaxing and vivid.
▼人行桥最终设计草图， final sketch of the design
The experience of walking on a pedestrian bridge is always pleasant. I often wonder why this is happening. I think that many unexpected encounters on the bridge should be an important reason. When you come to Yuhua Bridge, the moment you turn on the bridge, the dense bamboo forest and the high mountain range become a strong contrast on the bridge so that you can’t ignore it; when you walk to the middle of the bridge, no matter stopping for a moment or moving on, you would always take a look at the river: the yellow reeds, the leisurely ducks. Of course, more importantly, you will often encounters pedestrians on the bridge, and it can be no more a pleasant thing if you can meet a familiar old friend and chat for a while naturally.
▼人行桥与茂密竹林和不远处的高大山脉形成令人愉悦的体验，the bridge with dense bamboo forest and the high mountain range forms a pleasant experience
The connection space between the bridge and the embankments on both sides is not particularly smooth, because the venue is very cramped, and there is a 90-degree angle transition. Perhaps this is the reality, perfect can’t be found anywhere. But still in the design, at the nodes at both ends of the bridge, the space is partially enlarged by moderately embanking and digging the mountain, so that the connection is not too stiff. There is a sewage treatment station near the bridge head, which is not movable, I have to plant some bamboo along the outer wall to block it. The original way on the side of the station was too narrow, so there was a platform set up above the river. This platform seemed to blend into the pavilion that protruded from the bridge that make some unexpected unity and fun, this is also a surprise for architects.
▼污水处理站出挑平台与桥面上的凉亭似乎融为一体，the platform set up above the river at sewage treatment station seemed to blend into the pavilion that protruded from the bridge
The span of the bridge is close to 40 meters. If we use the traditional stone arch structure, it would be extremely expensive in the current expensive artificial conditions. Therefore, the bridge material is made of reinforced concrete, which is convenient to construct and has certain fault-tolerant ability to adapt to the rural “low-tech” construction. The structure is a one-leg diagonal bracing, and the pier and the bridge deck are integrated into the structure, so that the bridge can be made as light as possible; in order to further reduce the self-weight of the bridge, several PVC pipes are buried before pouring.
▼跨度近40米的桥梁使用钢筋混凝土和单腿斜撑的结构形式，40-meter bridge employs reinforced concrete and one-leg diagonal bracing
As a large project in the village, the bridge is of course a qualified unit. However, many of the master craftsmen are in the village or neighboring villages. They start work at 6:00 every morning, stop at 11:00, go home at noon or eat at restaurant nearby. In the afternoon, working from 12:30 to 5:00, and they will rest when it rains. This way of working, not too slow, should be in the rhythm of the country. Master Wang, the person in charge of the project, often takes a few videos to explain the progress of the project with full of pride. For various reasons, there are many changes in the practices on the site, and even rework. However, the masters have successfully completed the task with great patience, and there is almost no complaint. This harmonious relationship between two cooperation should only existence in rural acquaintance society. When the shed on the bridge was set up, several pillars of support were “suddenly smashed.” I asked a few masters: do you think this is good-looking? They said it was very interesting, otherwise it would be too old-fashioned. I believe that what they are saying is the truth, because I can see the sincerity from him.
▼桥面与竹子及透明阳光板建造的棚子，bridge and the shed constructed by bamboo and transparent sun panels
The completion of this program is also the result of various coincidences. The design of the bridge was actually completed long ago, but during the discussion, local governer hoped that there would be more and better solutions, so other agencies were invited to design a variety of looks, such as arch bridges, covered bridges, and broken lines, but in my heart I always think that our design is the best, because it is simple, economical, and with some surprises, we firmly believe that this is what we really need in daily life. Sure enough, after a period of time, our design became the implementation plan again.
▼人行桥简洁、经济，为人们生活带来惊喜，the bridge is simple, economical, and with some surprises
Among the many projects completed in Zhangwu Town, this bridge feels the most valuable and meaningful to me personally. On the one hand, the bridge appears in a suitable position, reshaping the entire village with little intervention, improving spatial structure and landscape style and made more people feel convenient. On the other hand, perhaps each of us is eager for a bridge, and it is possible to find a way to self through it.
▼桥以很小的介入重塑了村子的空间结构与景观风貌，bridge reshapes the entire village with little intervention, improving spatial structure and landscape style
At the same time of construction of the bridge, the related river dredging and the landscape, the trails, and the night lights are also being built simultaneously. Therefore, when the bridge is completed, the supporting facilities are almost completed at the same time, and their combination makes here the most attractive place in Yuhua Village. At dusk, the ducks began to go home, and the lights lit up. The ceilings on the bridge were crystal clear and projected into the water to create a new landmark in the village. Of course, the landmark is not the real purpose of the bridge, the purpose is to enable people to better exchange and meet here and find the beauty of life.
▼沿线景观、游步道、夜景灯光，the landscape, the trails, and the night lights