Bookshelf at the Home Workspace

Ashkal Alwan |
Beirut, Lebanon
Installed in November 2011, updated regularly since


Art & Culture

The Ashkal Alwan Home Workspace is a scholarship-driven contemporary arts school and artist residency space. It is entirely funded by donations from organizations and individuals. The school wished to recognize these donors, and invite others to participate in this type of philanthropic donation.

The brief required a ‘donor wall’ to reflect the importance of ongoing donations, to represent the multi-layered complexity of the activity in the school, while taking into consideration the unassuming and raw character of the building.

The concept of the bookshelf emerged from the idea that each of the donations is an important contribution to education and research; and what better way to represent this than through one of the oldest and most grounded method of providing education: the book.


Recipient of the SEGD (Society for Experiential Graphic Design) Global Design Honor Award 2012.