Shigeru Ban to build “pagoda in the park” as his first UK building

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has teamed up with cross-laminated-timber expert Waugh Thistleton to design his first UK building – a five-storey house that will be built beside London’s River Thames. Southwark Council last week granted planning approval for the so-called “pagoda in the park”, which is proposed at Potters Fields, behind City Hall and a

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Shigeru Ban’s La Seine Musicale incorporates a wall of moving solar panels

Pritzker Prize-winning architect Shigeru Ban has completed a music complex near Paris, featuring an egg-shaped auditorium and a wall of solar panels that move to follow the path of the sun. The Japanese architect’s Paris-based office won an international competition held in 2013 to design La Seine Musicale – a musical facility comprising a large

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Shigeru Ban reveals new details of “world’s tallest hybrid timber structure” for Vancouver

New images have been released of Shigeru Ban’s Terrace House, a residential tower for Vancouver that is poised to become the world’s tallest wooden structure. Designed for the Vancouver waterfront, the Japanese architect first unveiled plans for Terrace House last year. The initial visual showed a mono-pitched timber-framed structure clad in glass that was to be supported by a concrete and steel

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Sou Fujimoto, Kengo Kuma and more propose future houses in House Vision exhibition

Japanese architects including Sou Fujimoto, Atelier Bow-Wow, Kengo Kuma and Shigeru Ban have all designed houses of the future for a Tokyo exhibition (+ movie). House Vision 2016 includes 12 housing prototypes by notable Japanese architects and designers, as well as think tanks for construction and technology companies. All the designers teamed up with big brands to make their vision a reality. Atelier Bow-Wow worked with More

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Shigeru Ban unveils “tallest hybrid timber structure in the world” for Vancouver

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been commissioned to design a residential tower for Vancouver that its developers claim will be the tallest hybrid timber structure in the world. Called Terrace House, the apartment tower is slated to rise near the waterfront in central Vancouver, where a curved apartment tower by architect Kengo Kuma is also being More

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Shigeru Ban joins disaster relief effort following Ecuador earthquake

Shigeru Ban has travelled to Ecuador to help with disaster relief, following a major earthquake that has caused the death of over 650 people. Ban – who was previously worked on disaster recovery projects all around the world – arrived in the South American republic earlier this week to offer his support. According to the College of Architects of Ecuador Provincial More

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Shigeru Ban designs modular shelters for Nepal earthquake victims

Shigeru Ban has unveiled his designs for modular housing structures to accommodate those made homeless by the two devastating earthquakes that struck Nepal earlier this year. The Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect – who has previously worked on disaster relief projects in New Zealand, Sri Lanka and Japan – has developed a prototype structure for the victims of the April and May […]

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Shigeru Ban’s timber-framed office building in Switzerland shown in new movie

This new movie produced by film studio Spirit of Space tours the interior of the Tamedia Office Building in Zurich – the first Swiss project completed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. The unnarrated, two-minute video produced by the Chicago-based film company shows exterior and interior shots of the seven-storey, wood and glass building, which was completed […]

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