Q&A with Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban

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January 19, 2014
Originally published in Prefab Now
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  As part of the House Vision exhibition, organized by Muji art director Kenya Hara in 2013, architect Shigeru Ban was tasked with designing a housing prototype that relies on furniture to provide structure.  Courtesy of Michael Gillette.
    As part of the House Vision exhibition, organized by Muji art director Kenya Hara in 2013, architect Shigeru Ban was tasked with designing a housing prototype that relies on furniture to provide structure. Courtesy of Michael Gillette.
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  The interior is a spatially open layout with a flexible DIY storage system that supports the ceiling.  Courtesy of Nacasa & Partners, Inc..
    The interior is a spatially open layout with a flexible DIY storage system that supports the ceiling. Courtesy of Nacasa & Partners, Inc..
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  Load-bearing elements are clustered together in the form of storage instead of a typical post-and-beam format.  Courtesy of Nacasa & Partners, Inc..
    Load-bearing elements are clustered together in the form of storage instead of a typical post-and-beam format. Courtesy of Nacasa & Partners, Inc..
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  House of Furniture’s exterior, designed by Ban in collaboration with Muji, looks more like a pavilion than a box.  Courtesy of Nacasa & Partners, Inc..
    House of Furniture’s exterior, designed by Ban in collaboration with Muji, looks more like a pavilion than a box. Courtesy of Nacasa & Partners, Inc..
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  In 2013, Ban’s office introduced its new housing prototype, the New Temporary House, whose exterior is made of insulated sandwich panels and fiber- reinforced plastic.  Courtesy of Hiroyuki Hirai.
    In 2013, Ban’s office introduced its new housing prototype, the New Temporary House, whose exterior is made of insulated sandwich panels and fiber- reinforced plastic. Courtesy of Hiroyuki Hirai.
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  After the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, in February of 2011, Ban was asked to design a replacement cathedral for the city.  Courtesy of Bridgit Anderson.
    After the 6.3-magnitude earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand, in February of 2011, Ban was asked to design a replacement cathedral for the city. Courtesy of Bridgit Anderson.
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  The proportions and floorplan mimic those of the prior landmark, though the new, temporary structure is built of paper tube modules.  Courtesy of Bridgit Anderson.
    The proportions and floorplan mimic those of the prior landmark, though the new, temporary structure is built of paper tube modules. Courtesy of Bridgit Anderson.
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