Paper Log House by Shigeru Ban face to Philip Johnson's Glass House

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The Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of The Cooper Union.
VAN-Voluntary Architects’ Network.
Area / Dimensions
Site.- 7.62 m x 7.62 (25 Ft. x 25 Ft). Compacted Gravel.
Area.- 58 m² (625 f²).
Size.- Plan – 4.15 x 4.15m (13.6 x 13.6f).
Height.- 3.6m (11.7f)
Materials.- 39 Milk Crates, 156 Paper Tubes, Plywood, Roof Membrane.
Apr. 15, 2024–Dec. 15, 2024.
The Glass House Visitor Center + Design Store. 199 Elm Street, New Canaan, Connecticut, USA.
Open Thursday – Monday, 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Closed Tuesday + Wednesday
Advanced tour tickets required
This exhibition is made possible in part with support from The Japan Foundation, New York, and Kentucky Owl. Special thanks to Shigeru Ban, Dean Maltz, Vittorio Lovato, and Le Yang of Shigeru Ban Architects (SBA) and the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture students through Professor Samuel Anderson’s Building Technology class Arch135B.
Michael Biondo.


Shigeru Ban was born in Tokyo in 1957 and after studying architecture in Los Angeles and New York, he opened an architectural practice in Tokyo, in 1985, with offices in Paris and New York, has designed projects worldwide from private houses to large scale museums.

His cardboard tube structures have aroused enormous interest. As long ago as 1986, he discovered the benefits of this recyclable and resilient material that is also easy to process. Shigeru Ban built the Japanese pavilion for the Expo 2000 world exposition at Hanover – a structure made of cardboard tubes that measured 75 meters in length and 15 meters in height. All the materials used in the structure were recycled after the exhibition. He developed a genuine style of "emergency architecture" as a response to the population explosion and to natural disasters: the foundations of his low-cost houses are made of beer crates filled with sand, and the walls consist of foil-covered cardboard tubes. A house of this sort can be erected in less than seven hours, and is considerably more sturdy than a tent.

Shigeru Ban is currently Professor of Architecture at Keio University and is also a guest lecturer at various other universities across the globe; his works are so exceptional that he was awarded the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Architecture in 2005. "Time" magazine describes him as one of the key innovators for the 21st century in the field of architecture and design.

Shigeru Ban has designed projects such as Centre Pompidou Metz and Nine Bridges Golf Clubhouse in Korea. Current projects include new headquarters for Swatch and Omega in Switzerland.





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