Appropriate architecture

Spacious, stylish, contemporary and sustainable, Shigeru Ban's new cardboard pavilion encapsulates it all.

Well-lit, spacious, elegant and functional, Shigeru Ban’s new cardboard pavilion epitomises a contemporary multipurpose space.

Tokyo-based architect Shigeru Ban has designed a temporary paper pavilion for the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid, Spain.

The structure is made from 173 cardboard tubes held together by timber joints, all of which can be easily recycled when the building is eventually dismantled.

Shigeru Ban involved the community in the structure’s design process by using members to assemble the locally produced and waterproofed tubes.

The pavilion was opened to the public in March 2013, accompanied by a lectured entitled “Appropriate Architecture” by Shigeru Ban.  

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