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Monday, March 31, 2014

Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban (1957- ) is a Japanese architect who was just awarded the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize. The prestigious award honors a living architect whose work has contributed to humanity and the built environment. Ban was born in Tokyo and educated at the Tokyo University of the Arts, Southern California Institute of Architecture and Cooper Union's School of Architecture.

Although he is perhaps best known for his humanitarian work designing homes for victims of natural disasters, he has also designed numerous residential, commercial and civic structures.

His disaster relief structures make use of products that can easily be procured and then recycled when no longer needed. He first began to build homes for disaster victims from cardboard tubes in 1994 in Rwanda. A year later he designed the Paper Log Houses after the earthquake in Kobe, Japan. These houses had foundations of beer crates held in place by sandbags and had canvas roofs, which provided natural lighting.

His Aspen Art Museum is scheduled to open in August of this year.

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Furniture House - Yamanashi, Japan

Crescent House - Shizuoka, Japan

Sagaponac House - Long Island, New York, USA

House Overlooking the Park - Tokyo, Japan

Tamedia Office Building - Zurich, Switzerland

Paper Log House - Kobe, Japan

Paper Log House - Bhuj, India

Post Hurricane House - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Aspen Art Museum - Aspen, Colorado, USA


  1. The Sagaponac House stands out for me. I love the "v" support poles/beams in the front porch.

    1. That's a really lovely home. I'm not quite sure what the four columns at the back are, but I like the way they look.

  2. He is prolific! I too was drawn to the Long Island, NY home. Why is that? Haha.

    1. I was amazed by the size and the diversity of his body of work when I looked at his website.

  3. Like his cardboard tube church using waterproofing on the tubes. Who knew all the cardboard models we did would become the real thing!

    1. The cardboard structures are amazing. I was impressed by the use of the tubes in relief housing and completely surprised that he took that concept so far in elaborate and beautiful cardboard structures like the church, bridge, theater and numerous pavilions.