Just moments ago, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was announced at the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate. The 56-year old architect, who has offices in Tokyo, Paris, and NYC, is known for his elegant and innovative applications of unconventional materials such as paper and corrugated plastic in his structures, for both private international clients and in disaster relief efforts. Jump ahead to see some of his best works, including the Metal Shutter Houses, located right here in NYC.
Metal Shutter Houses, NYC
Though Ban is well known for designing beautiful private and public institutions, it is his humanitarian works that have won him this most prestigious architectural prize. For more than 20 years, Ban has travelled across the globe to work with locals, volunteers, and students, to design and construct simple, dignified, low-cost, recyclable shelters and community buildings for the victims of natural and other tragedies. The Pritzker Jury calls him a “a committed teacher who is not only a role model for younger generation, but also an inspiration.”
Ban is the 37th recipient of the Pritzker Prize.
Images courtesy of Shigeru Ban
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