A Japanese Bridge, Both Expressive and Sustainable
Architecture & Interiors
Befitting its name, the Yusuhara Wooden Bridge Museum, located in the Shikoku region of southern Japan, is both a bridge and a museum. Designed by architectural firm Kengo Kumo and Associates in 2010, the structure connects two buildings otherwise separated by a road, and also houses artist-in-resident programs and workshops.
But never mind all that. It’s the stunningly photogenic application of wood that makes the bridge noteworthy. The architects devised an interlocking system of wooden beams, arranged in a symmetrical, decorative pattern, with which to create the cantilevered edifice—a device that, in addition to being visually expressive, has an ecological payoff. Say the architects, “It is a great example of sustainable design, as you can achieve a big cantilever even without large-sized materials.”
Images: Kengo Kuma and Associates