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Shigeru Ban – Cardboard Architecture

Shigeru Ban is a Japanese Architect known for his innovative work with paper and cardboard. In the temporary Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch NZ, the materials included recycled cardboard tubes, wood and glass. Shigeru designed the Cathedral with minimal waste and easy to recycle once a permanent structure could be built. The Cathedral was finished in 2013 and it came after the initial church was destroyed in the earthquake that hit Christchurch on 22 Feb 2011, resulting in one of its worst catastrophes.

Shigeru used recycled cardboard tubes as the main A-frame, shipping containers, wood, glass and a lightweight skin for the construction. His familiarity with cardboard comes from his work with providing disaster relief housing to many areas effected by natural disasters. The following is the outside the church, followed by two internal shots and a final close up of the cardboard tubes and glass.

Carboard Cathedral 2

Carboard Cathedral 3

Carboard Cathedral

Cardboard Cathedral

His work with cardboard can also be seen in disaster relief housing Nepal, the Paper Pavillion for the IE School of Architecture and Design, Garage Centre for Contemporary Culture in Moscow and many other inspiring designs which can be seen on the Dezeen Pinterest Board 

The final image comes from the Centre Pompidou-Metz museum of contemporary arts located inMetz, capital of Lorraine, France. The building was inaugurated in ma 2010 and is so beautiful it’s hard not to share!

Centre Pompidou-Mets Lorraine France 2

Centre Pompidou-Mets Lorraine France

Happy Reading! The Branded Team.