A large glass spheroid goes up at the end of Seguin Island, by the River Seine, marking a new cultural landmark west of the metropolitan area of Paris. These grounds, birthplace of the automobile industry in France, are transformed into the flagship
On a site measuring 1,000 square meters, beside the Sihl Canal in Zurich, rises this seven-story block that is meant to be the seat of a local enterprise offering multimedia services and built with a single wooden structure that is the largest of its
Hermético desde la distancia pero translúcido en la cercanía, el edificio abriga bajo una envolvente tejida de madera seis galerías expositivas y un jardín de esculturas.
Under the structure formed by 21 tree-like timber columns, the new building at the Haesley Nine Bridges Country Club – in the South Korean city of Yeoju – serves an 18-hole golf course. The program is divided into two formally and materially differen
A large tent-like structure shapes the new outpost of the Centre Pompidou in Metz, 300 kilometers from Paris in the northeast of France. A series of stacked volumes accommodates the museum program under this enclosure. This duality between regular an
This is the temporary shelter built in Cebu, Philippines, following the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan (locally called Yolanda) in November of 2013. This project is the fourth version of a system of temporary shelters, first developed after the 1995 K
Built with shipping containers, this community was created to address the shortage of housing after the earthquake of 2011 in Onagawa, in Miyagi Prefecture. Unlike the usual emergency units, which need a lot of flat land for construction, this projec
After a natural disaster, and until temporary housing is built, those affected take shelter in public buildings or large facilities like sports centers. To address the problems of lack of privacy and overcrowding that emerge in these situations, the
The Hualin Temporary Elementary School in the Chinese city of Chengdu replaces the old building that was torn down by the Sichuan earthquake of May 2008. The structure, made of paper tubes, was assembled by thirty architecture students of Keio Univer
The earthquake of 26 December 2004 caused a catastrophic tsunami that took the life of 38,000 people in Sri Lanka. One of the devastated areas was Kirinda, a small community of Islamic fishermen located in the southern coast of the country. The recon
Introspectively laid out around a central courtyard, Sengokubara House is built on a site surrounded by vegetation in Hakone, a city located some one hundred kilometers southwest of Tokyo. The continuous roof, which covers the whole house with a sing
Located on a hilltop site facing the ocean, south of Sri Lanka, the floors, walls and ceilings of this house frame three different views. The first is the view of the ocean from the jungle in the valley, framed perpendicularly by the external corrido
Arranged on an orthogonal grid, Maison E takes up a large plot in a residential area outside Iwaki, in Japan. Since there are no distinctive urban references and there is a lot of space, the house is organized introspectively around courtyards. The f
Located in the eastern end of Long Island, in the state of New York, this house is in a forty-hectare residential community (Houses at Sagaponac), promoted by The Brown Companies together with Richard Meier to build thirty-two houses designed by prom
Located by a river and surrounded by fields peppered with greenhouses, the Naked House addresses the client’s request for “a house that give us all the freedom to carry out individual activities in a shared atmosphere, within a united family.” The ho
Yaku island, off the southwest coast of Japan, was listed as a heritage site in 1993 because of its value as a biosphere reserve. It is particularly important for its virgin jungle filled mainly with Japanese cedar (sugi), one of the world’s oldest t
Levantada tras un terremoto, la iglesia está construida con 86 tubos de cartón envainados en vigas de madera y 8 contenedores de transporte colocados en la base a modo de estribos.
Placed on the terrace of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, this pavilion was designed as Shigeru Ban’s temporary office during the construction of the museum’s new branch in Metz. After winning the competition, the administration accepted the architect’s
Made of shipping containers and paper tubes, the Nomadic Museum takes the concept of itinerant exhibition to the limit, because not only the works are moved from place to place, but also the building. In the year 2000, the Canadian photographer Grego
This temporary shelter for the victims of typhoon Haiyan incorporates the Paper Partition System technology, developed by the office and applied in evacuation centers, with the aim of shortening and simplifying the construction process...
In January 2003, the Pompidou Center and the City of Metz announced the decision, in agreement with the French Ministry for the Arts, Culture and Communications, to set up the first decentralized branch of the Centre National d’Art et de Culture Geor
En el extremo oriental de Long Island y a pocos kilómetros del océano Atlántico, se ha emprendido la construcción de una colonia de casas de playa orientadas a las clases más pudientes de Manhattan. Treinta y siete arquitectos de prestigio compiten p
The Great Wall Commune (the name given to this private development of upscale dwellings) is in Shui Guan, a location at approximately one hour by car from the north of Beijing. The landscape, characterized by steep hillsides, intricate valleys and a
We have quite frequently seen an architect being handed by the Prince – or Princess – of Asturias one of the accolades named in their honor. In the wake of Niemeyer, Oíza, Calatrava, Foster, Moneo, and Gehry, this October comes the turn of Tokyo-born
Writing about Shigeru Ban is unlike writing about nearly any other living architect, in the sense that most of his important work cannot be seen or experienced in person. This is not to say that it is hidden or out of the way. He has, like many archi
Shigeru Ban's design of the 420-acre campus for the owners of Kentucky Owl Burboun near Louisville, Kentucky, is anchored by three timber pyramids that will house the distillery. Shigeru Ban Architects will be designing much more than just the three
The general media keeps saying that La Seine Musicale is the new architectural symbol of Paris, but it’s really no big deal. The French capital, quintessential city of architectural symbols, inaugurated Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton two years
Shigeru Ban is an architect of unique character; a soldier whose great resolve continues to tackle today’s world issues. Over the past quarter of a century he has brought architecture closer to human beings, by challenging the ‘supremacy’ of the arch
Rugby was my life in high school. I dreamed of studying architecture and at the same time playing with the rugby team of Waseda University. When I learned that the entrance exam included drawing tests, I signed up at a painter’s workshop so that I co
I met Shigeru Ban at the best place and the best time. The Alvar Aalto Symposium was held in August of 2000 in Jyväskylä under the motto ‘architecture in the year zero,’ and if in my lecture I defended a return to order disapproving the catastrophic
Shigeru Ban The announcement of the Pritzker Prize concession to Shigeru Ban (Tokyo, 1957) took place a few days before the commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda, a quite meaningful coincidence, because it was precisely in 1994 that Ban stepped int
Shigeru Ban (Tokyo, 1957) has been building cardboard castles for two decades. His winning the Pritzker Prize just days before the commemoration of the Rwanda genocide seemed like a significant coincidence because it was precisely in the year 1994 th
The studio of the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban recently presented a unique cardboard pavilion during a lecture given at IE University in Madrid. Now the firm is about to complete the Tamedia Office Building in Zurich: a four-story, environmentally-
En la turística isla surcoreana de Jeoju, Shigeru Ban y Kyeong Sik Yoon han construido el club social del campo de golf Haesley Nine Bridges de 16.000 metros cuadrados (véase Arquitectura Viva 137). El programa se divide en dos ámbitos formal y mater
La editorial Taschen nos tiene acostumbrados a libros de dimensiones descomunales, más aptos para el deleite con sus enormes fotografías y el estudio de sus planos en una mesa de trabajo que para su lectura pausada, algo para lo que, por otro lado, n
Tras la II Guerra Mundial se produjo un cambio drástico en la forma de vida de los japoneses. El tránsito de una sociedad todavía ampliamente agraria a otra industrial y de servicios provocó la disgregación de la familia tradicional, así como importa
De construir viviendas de emergencia para refugiados, con tubos de cartón en Ruanda, al actual despegue internacional, con edificios en Estados Unidos, India, Francia y China, el japonés Shigeru Ban (1957) ha protagonizado una de las trayectorias más
The Hannover Expo combines national identities and architectural manifestos in pavilions which take pride in their own distinctive form.
Houses continue to be an architectural laboratory and an indicator of social mutations; several of the most influential are put on exhibit at the MoMA.