Lucy Wang

10 Incredible Designs by 2014 Pritzker Prize Laureate Shigeru Ban

by , 03/27/14


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Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand

Shigeru Ban designed, pro-bono, this stunning temporary Cardboard Cathedral for Christchurch following a devastating earthquake in 2011. Built with his signature paper-tubes, the transitional church can hold up to 700 people and is built to last 50 years.

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Centre Pompidou-Metz in Metz, France

The curvaceous Centre Pompidou-Metz is an extension of the Pompidou arts center of Paris. Its undulating roof made up of a hexagonal pattern was inspired by the woven structure of a Chinese hat that Shigeru Ban found in Paris.

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Cardboard Bridge over Gardon River, France

In another display of paper’s structural might, Ban transformed cardboard tubes and recycled paper-plastic composite into a a bridge spanning the Gardon River in southern France. The temporary masterpiece was created out of 281 cardboard tubes and was strong enough to support 20 people at a time.

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Onagawa Container Temporary Housing in Onagawa, Japan

When a powerful earthquake devastated the Japanese town of Onagawa in 2011, Shigeru Ban was quick to design and install temporary disaster-relief housing built from paper tubes and shipping containers. The lightweight, affordable, and clean design provided fast relief to the earthquake survivors while simultaneously lifting spirits with its dignified design.

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