Shigeru Ban Architects


Design Philosophy: Shigeru Ban, Hon. FAIA, founded Shigeru Ban Architects in 1985. His signature style, dubbed Paper Architecture (also, incidentally, the title of a recent monograph on his firm), refers not to theoretical, unbuilt projects, but to his use of crushed paper pulp in structural tubes, which are especially prevalent in his disaster relief works around the world.

Leadership: Shigeru Ban, Hon. FAIA (principal); Nobutaka Hiraga (partner); Jean de Gastines, Dean Maltz (professional associates)
Offices: Tokyo, Paris
Year Established: 1985
Services: Architecture
Project Specialty: Cultural, Disaster Relief, Educational, Government/Civic, Healthcare, Hospitality, Industrial, Multifamily, Retail, Single-Family
Awards: 2014 Pritzker Prize, Thomas Jefferson Medalist in Architecture, Urban Land Institute Awards for Excellence: Finalist, Kirinda Project, Sri Lanka


Projects by Shigeru Ban Architects

Hannover Expo Japan Pavilion, by Shigeru Ban Architects

Japan Pavilion, Expo 2000

Hannover, Germany | Cultural

Naked House, by Shigeru Ban Architects

Naked House

Saitama, Japan | Single Family

Centre Pompidou Metz, by Shigeru Ban Architects

Centre Pompidou Metz

Paris | Cultural


Disaster Relief Projects by Shigeru Ban Architects

Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch, New Zealand, by Shigeru Ban Architects

Cardboard Cathedral

Christchurch, New Zealand | Cultural, Religious

Paper Log House, Kobe, Japan, by Shigeru Ban Architects

Paper Log House Kobe

Kobe, Japan | Multifamily

Paper Concert Hall, L'aquila, Italy, by Shigeru Ban Architects

Paper Concert Hall

L'aquila, Italy | Cultural


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