Paper Tower by Shigeru Ban
19 — 27 Sept 2009
Architecture / Landscape, Materials
Paper Tower' was a temporary tower made of paper tubes designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, which was erected on the South Bank in London, supported by Sonoco.
Shigeru Ban is an architect based in Tokyo and Paris. He is best known for his disaster relief projects – in particular, the cheap immediate housing made from paper and card which can be used in earthquake situations. For London Design Festival he designed a tower made from cardboard which soared over the embankment walkway and was visible as a new addition to the South Bank skyline. Made from cardboard tubes, the tower was articulated by metal joints, a system similar in design to the system used by Ban in his construction of a bridge, boathouse and various pavilions around the world. Sponsored by Sonoco, a global supplier of industrial and consumer packaging, the structure was 22m high and once built, became the tallest paper tower in the world.