Global Design – Shigeru Ban

No matter where we go in the world we all grapple with the same concerns. By looking beyond our borders and sharing solutions we can all learn from each other and tackle those problems together.

In the world of contemporary architecture, great design and sustainability go hand in hand. At first glance the Miyake Design Studio is just another modern, sexy, slick space, but take a closer look and you’ll see that this is just as much eco-house as it is Bauhaus.

Architects are after all problem solvers, and given the problem of finding a new building material that was structurally sound, beautiful and inexpensive, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban gave extraordinary life to a very ordinary eco material, recycled paper.

Shigeru Ban came up with the idea one night in his studio when he came to the end of a roll of tracing paper and was left with the centre cardboard tube. He had accumulated quite a few of these as he loathe to throw them out, and realise that it had all the qualities of some building materials including timber. And that is exactly what he’s used to build the Miyake Design studio which puts paper tubes to the most simple but dramatic use.

Paper tubes themselves are not beautiful at all but if they placed in a repeated fashion then the patterns that they form, the interesting curves and the shadows and varying tones of colour, all make for an aesthetically pleasing design.

Shigeru Ban
Ban Building
5-2-4 Matsubara
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 156-0043
T: 81-3-3324-6760

MDS Gallery – Miyake Design Studio
36 – 18, Ooyama-cho
Shiguya-ku, Tokyo 151, Japan
Tel.: +03 34-81-64-11

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