Designed by well-known Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, the Nomadic Museum is the permanent home for the art exhibition “Ashes and Snow,” by Gregory Colbert. Built from 152 stacked shipping containers, the building forms a central walkway for viewing the artwork, suspended on either side.

Through May 14th, the exhibit will be located on the Santa Monica Pier, having previously opened in Venice, and then in the first Nomadic Museum at Pier 54 on the Hudson River. Truly “nomadic,” the museum was designed to be disassembled and reconfigured to house the traveling exhibit. The shipping containers not only make up the building module, but evoke the voyage of “Ashes and Snow” as it moves from location to location (the exhibit has no final destination.)

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Ban has developed a reputation for using inexpensive and off-the-shelf materials for buildings of all types, from museums to refugee shelters. His previous projects using cardboard tubes for building components earned Ban critical acclaim while inspiring other designers to realize the potential of similar resources.

For more of Colbert’s stunning work, check out the portfolio available on the website.

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