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Shigeru Ban Wins 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize

24 March, 2014

-By Cody Calamaio



Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, announced March 24. Ban was Contract magazine's 2001 Designer of the Year.

The Pritzker Prize recognized Ban for his innovative designs for victims of natural and man-made disasters, as well as his elegant work for private clients. For the past 20 years, he has traveled around the world designing low-cost, dignified, recyclable shelters and other civic buildings for communities impacted by tragedy.

“Receiving this prize is a great honor, and with it, I must be careful," Ban said in a statement. "I must continue to listen to the people I work for, in my private residential commissions and in my disaster relief work. I see this prize as encouragement for me to keep doing what I am doing—not to change what I am doing, but to grow."

Ban's shelters often use cardboard tubes for columns, walls, and beams, which can be water- and fire-proofed for safety, such as in his recent design of the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The architect began his humanitarian work in 1994 in response to conflict in Rwanda when he was hired as a consultant by the United Nations and first employed his paper tube shelters. After the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan, Ban created the "Paper Log House" for refugees from donated beer crates, paper tubes, and sandbags. In 1995 he founded the Voluntary Architects Network (VAN), a non-governmental organization that mobilizes volunteers to get disaster relief projects built. The organization has conducted work following natural and man-made disasters in Japan, Turkey, Sri Lanka, China, Haiti, Italy, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

Other notable projects include the 14-story Nicolas G. Hayek Center (2007) in Tokyo, the traveling Nomadic Museum (2005), and the Aspen Art Museum, slated to open in August 2014. Ban is also known for residential projects such as the Curtain Wall House (1995) in Tokyo, and Naked House (2000) in Sitama, Japan.

Ban earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from Cooper Union in New York in 1984, and is currently a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design in Japan.

“Shigeru Ban is a force of nature, which is entirely appropriate in the light of his voluntary work for the homeless and dispossessed in areas that have been devastated by natural disasters," Pritzker Prize jury chairman Lord Palumbo said in a statement. "But he also ticks the several boxes for qualification to the Architectural Pantheon—a profound knowledge of his subject with a particular emphasis on cutting edge materials and technology; total curiosity and commitment; endless innovation; an infallible eye; an acute sensibility—to name but a few.”

The Pritzker Architecture Prize awards ceremony will be held June 13 at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Cardboard Cathedral, 2013, Christchurch, New Zealand
Photo by Stephen Goodenough

Cardboard Cathedral, 2013, Christchurch, New Zealand
Photo by Stephen Goodenough

Japan Pavilion, Expo 2000 Hannover, 2000, Germany
Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai

Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2010, France
Photo by Didier Boy de la Tour

Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2010, France
Photo by Didier Boy de la Tour

Paper Concert Hall, 2011, L’Aquila, Italy
Photo by Didier Boy de la Tour

Paper Concert Hall, 2011, L’Aquila, Italy
Photo by Didier Boy de la Tour

Nicolas G. Hayek Center, 2007, Tokyo, Japan
Photo by The Swatch Group

Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club House, 2010, Korea
Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai

Naked House, 2000, Saitama, Japan
Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai

Paper Emergency Shelter for Haiti, 2010, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Photo by Shigeru Ban Architects

Paper Log House, 1995, Kobe, Japan
Photo by Takanobu Sakuma

Paper Church, 1995, Kobe, Japan
Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai

Paper Log House, 2001, Bhuj, India
Photo by Kartikeya Shodhan

Hualin Temporary Elementary School, 2008, Chengdu, China
Photo by Li Jun

Container Temporary Housing, 2011, Onagawa, Miyagi, Japan
Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai




Shigeru Ban Wins 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize

24 March, 2014


Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has won the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize, announced March 24. Ban was Contract magazine's 2001 Designer of the Year.

The Pritzker Prize recognized Ban for his innovative designs for victims of natural and man-made disasters, as well as his elegant work for private clients. For the past 20 years, he has traveled around the world designing low-cost, dignified, recyclable shelters and other civic buildings for communities impacted by tragedy.

“Receiving this prize is a great honor, and with it, I must be careful," Ban said in a statement. "I must continue to listen to the people I work for, in my private residential commissions and in my disaster relief work. I see this prize as encouragement for me to keep doing what I am doing—not to change what I am doing, but to grow."

Ban's shelters often use cardboard tubes for columns, walls, and beams, which can be water- and fire-proofed for safety, such as in his recent design of the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The architect began his humanitarian work in 1994 in response to conflict in Rwanda when he was hired as a consultant by the United Nations and first employed his paper tube shelters. After the 1995 earthquake in Kobe, Japan, Ban created the "Paper Log House" for refugees from donated beer crates, paper tubes, and sandbags. In 1995 he founded the Voluntary Architects Network (VAN), a non-governmental organization that mobilizes volunteers to get disaster relief projects built. The organization has conducted work following natural and man-made disasters in Japan, Turkey, Sri Lanka, China, Haiti, Italy, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

Other notable projects include the 14-story Nicolas G. Hayek Center (2007) in Tokyo, the traveling Nomadic Museum (2005), and the Aspen Art Museum, slated to open in August 2014. Ban is also known for residential projects such as the Curtain Wall House (1995) in Tokyo, and Naked House (2000) in Sitama, Japan.

Ban earned his bachelor's degree in architecture from Cooper Union in New York in 1984, and is currently a professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design in Japan.

“Shigeru Ban is a force of nature, which is entirely appropriate in the light of his voluntary work for the homeless and dispossessed in areas that have been devastated by natural disasters," Pritzker Prize jury chairman Lord Palumbo said in a statement. "But he also ticks the several boxes for qualification to the Architectural Pantheon—a profound knowledge of his subject with a particular emphasis on cutting edge materials and technology; total curiosity and commitment; endless innovation; an infallible eye; an acute sensibility—to name but a few.”

The Pritzker Architecture Prize awards ceremony will be held June 13 at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Cardboard Cathedral, 2013, Christchurch, New Zealand
Photo by Stephen Goodenough

Cardboard Cathedral, 2013, Christchurch, New Zealand
Photo by Stephen Goodenough

Japan Pavilion, Expo 2000 Hannover, 2000, Germany
Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai

Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2010, France
Photo by Didier Boy de la Tour

Centre Pompidou-Metz, 2010, France
Photo by Didier Boy de la Tour

Paper Concert Hall, 2011, L’Aquila, Italy
Photo by Didier Boy de la Tour

Paper Concert Hall, 2011, L’Aquila, Italy
Photo by Didier Boy de la Tour

Nicolas G. Hayek Center, 2007, Tokyo, Japan
Photo by The Swatch Group

Haesley Nine Bridges Golf Club House, 2010, Korea
Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai

Naked House, 2000, Saitama, Japan
Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai

Paper Emergency Shelter for Haiti, 2010, Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Photo by Shigeru Ban Architects

Paper Log House, 1995, Kobe, Japan
Photo by Takanobu Sakuma

Paper Church, 1995, Kobe, Japan
Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai

Paper Log House, 2001, Bhuj, India
Photo by Kartikeya Shodhan

Hualin Temporary Elementary School, 2008, Chengdu, China
Photo by Li Jun

Container Temporary Housing, 2011, Onagawa, Miyagi, Japan
Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai

 


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