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Bug Dome
Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism

Hsieh Ying-chun 謝英俊
Marco Casagrande 馬可·卡薩格蘭
Roan Ching-yueh 阮慶岳

Project Manager: Nikita Wu

The building is realized on a wasteland of a ruined building site in-between the Shenzhen City Hall and an illegal workers camp. The design is inspired by insects. The bamboo construction methods are based on local knowledge from rural Guanxi brought into the city by the migrating construction workers.

The space is used during the SZHK Biennale for underground bands, poetry reading, discussions, karaoke and as a lounge for the illegal workers from the neighboring camp. The building offers a shade, a stage and a fireplace. After the Biennale the Bug Dome will act as an un-official social club for illegal workers from the Chinese countryside.

The building is weak, flexible and improvised to meet the site-specific conditions. It is growing from a ruin. The architectural control has been given up in order to let the nature step in. The weak architecture is a mediator between the human nature and nature. The construction is a result of participatory planning between the designers, construction workers and local knowledge.

The cocoon is a weak retreat for the modern man to escape from the strength of the exploding urbanism in the heart of Shenzhen. It is a shelter to protect the industrial insects from the elements of un-nature.

When the fire is up a society is born again. One has to take the liberty to travel a thousand years back in order to realize that the things are the same.

Let everything that has been planned come true.
Let them believe. And let them have a laugh at their passions. Because what they call passion actually is not some emotional energy but just a friction between their souls and the outside world.
And most important: let them believe in themselves. Let them be helpless like children, because: weakness is a great thing and strength is nothing.
- “Stalker”, Andrei Tarkovsky
Architect Casagrande Marco
Country China
Region Guangdong
City Shenzhen
End of the work 2009
Materials Bamboo, recycled concrete, wood, earth
Total surface area 3000 m2
Used surface area 120 m2
Photographer Marco Casagrande & Nikita Wu
Collaborations Hsieh Ying-chun 謝英俊
Roan Ching-yueh 阮慶岳
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