The Abu Dhabi Art Fair commissioned cardboard master Ban to design a temporary mobile pavilion, which was just unveiled this past November. The unique cardboard shelter attracted a great deal of attention for its clever use of a single standard building material. Its gorgeous walls were inspired by traditional Arabian motifs, and the see-through partition lets sunshine and breeze flow through.
The sturdy yet lightweight ‘Abu Dhabi Art Design Souq’ pavilion was assembled on site. It offered a cool space for talks, workshops and crafts demonstrations, promoting friendly exchanges between visitors and local designers.
Ban’s cardboard pavilion is a far cry from the ostentatious plans we usually see coming out of Abu Dhabi, and it makes a beautiful case for humbler, more economical buildings.
+ Shigeru Ban Architects
+ Abu Dhabi Art Fair
Photos by Shigeru Ban Architects