Chinese Architect Responds to Sichuan Earthquake

By: Cecilia Biemann - Published: • References: endreg and designboom
This 'Paper-Brick House' by Chinese architect Li Xinggang Atelier was constructed solely from paper boxes, paper tubes and transparent adhesive tape. It is on display this month in the Chinese pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

The cardboard boxes, which previously held drawing papers, function like bricks, and the cylindrical shafts that were originally paper tubes function as structural support, acting as beams, flooring and roofing.

The 'paper brick house' pays tribute to the many thousands of people who were buried after the 2008 Sichuan earthquake due to the inferior quality of the concrete buildings.