French firm Atelier YokYok joined forces with sculptor Ulysse Lacoste in Beirut to give newspapers new life as a temporary shelter. Constructed with a wooden skeleton and tiled with folded up periodicals, the Paper Dome symbolizes the city's fragile day-to-day life. Designed to offer shade and a unique gazing experience, the fragile structure offers a critique of the burgeoning trash problems in Lebanon's capital.
Paper Dome recently popped up in Beirut’s Sanayeh Garden. A dream team of 10 local architecture students, guided by Atelier YokYok and Ulysse Lacoste, built the structure in just seven days. Its skeleton was assembled from local pine wood, and the skin is made up of folded newspaper “tiles”.
The ephemeral structure, which offers shade and shelter to curious passersby, rests on one point so that it can be easily lifted. Once inside, visitors can enjoy the tranquility of the space and reflect on the fragility of life.
Photos by Atelier YokYok