In the jungle of Meghalaya, India, the natives have come up with a unique way of creating or constructing bridges. The villagers harness nature to develop a technique in their construction of their village bridges. They construct or grow their own living bridges.
By using the abundant Ficus elastica, a species of Indian Rubber tree, the villagers weave them into latticework structures. These amazing living architecture needs patience to construct. Because the bridges are made of living trees, they need at least 15 years to be functional. While the bridge is still undergoing construction, villagers guide the roots using trunks so that the roots would grow where need to grow. Unlike common bridges, these tree root bridges grow stronger as the root system matures over the years.
When the bridge matures, it can carry a load of 50 people at the same time. It is said that the strongest of Meghalaya’s tree root bridges is over 500 years old and it will still grow stronger time goes on.
These tree root bridges are examples of sustainable living architecture. They will continue to grow and become stronger for generations to come. It is really amazing how people’s ingenuity work. If this kind of architecture can be applied outside the village, imagine how beautiful and natural would the world’s cities look.
Amaze yourself with India’s wonderful living bridges: