Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Shigeru Ban

He's the kind of architect that make you drool, and wish you were able to do what he does.
Shigeru Ban builds both magnificent lasting buildings, but also works with more temporary buildings and structures. He works with what is available and often with what is recycable. He's done amazing structures using papertubes, and nomadic museums- built of containers.
He designed shelters for refugees in Rwanda made of papertubes. This led him to do temporary housing - log cabins with papertube walls for disaster victims, first after the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan, where he also built a paper church, and later in Turkey and India. (The second picture is from the cabins in India)
When building the apartment building where he lives, in Hanegi Forest, Tokyo(first picture)- he didn't cut down a single tree-but worked around it.
His website has plenty of photos from all the amazing projects, do check it out.


  1. The first picture is amazing these are fantastic design, i wish i could live in something like this. what a great architect Shigeru Ban is



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