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Selected Works of Shigeru Ban

0.ShigeruBanRecently, Shigeru Ban was awarded the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, which is considered the highest honor in the field of architecture. The annual prize has notoriously been awarded to the biggest names in architecture including Frank Gehry, Richard Meier, Renzo Piano, Thom Mayne, and Zaha Hadid to name just a few. (The full list can be found here.)

I was delighted to learn that Shigeru Ban was this year’s laureate, because unlike these previous winners, Shigeru Ban is not known for designing monuments – just the opposite. Ban is best known for designing temporary structures in places hit by natural and manmade disasters. Although Ban has devoted the majority of his design efforts to humanitarian projects, he is also a very skilled “conventional” designer that uses unconventional materials and methods. Check out the Ted Talk featuring Shigeru Ban.

The following list contains the top three reasons why I believe Shigeru Ban was an excellent choice for this year’s Pritzker Prize:

1. Recycled paper tubes 

Paper Log House, Phillippines

1.Paper Log House

Cardboard Tube Cathedral, New Zealand


Madrid Paper Pavilion, Spain


Canal de Bourgogne Museum, France


Hermes Pavilion


2. Shipping Containers

Container Temporary Housing, Japan


Nomadic Museum, USA, Mexico, Japan


3. Everything Else

Center Pompidou Metz,France


Curtain Wall House, Japan


Haesley Golf Club House, Korea