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. The Bug Dome is an un-official social club for illegal workers from the Chinese countryside.
The Bug Dome is a result of discussions between Marco Casagrande, Hsieh Ying-Chun 謝英俊 and Roan Ching-yueh 阮慶岳. Together we are the WEAK! Insects inspire our construction methods. WEAK! Architects are the industrial insects.