shigeru ban shapes abu dhabi art pavilion from cardboard tubes
image courtesy of shigeru ban architects

 

 

 

shigeru ban was commissioned by the abu dhabi art festival to complete a temporary and mobile pavilion, providing a cool and sheltered space where visitors to the event have the opportunity to meet and engage with local designers. the project is constructed almost entirely from cardboard cylinders, with tubes of varying lengths and dimensions arranged to form an engaging and inviting semi-external volume.

 

 

shigeru ban shapes abu dhabi art pavilion from cardboard tubes
the temporary pavilion is constructed of cardboard tubes of varying lengths and dimensions
image courtesy of shigeru ban architects

 

 

 

known as the ‘design souq’, the structure references the heritage and culture of the region, forming a marketplace of ideas where craftspeople from the area are involved in giving talks, demonstrations and workshops.

 

 

shigeru ban shapes abu dhabi art pavilion from cardboard tubes
the pavilion forms a ‘design souq’ where visitors can meet and exchange ideas with local designers
image courtesy of shigeru ban architects

 

 

 

the project further explores shigeru ban’s interest in using lightweight and recyclable materials, allowing the function and purpose of his work to take preference over any ostentatious display of new technologies. having used cardboard on numerous previous occasions, at the abu dhabi art fair, ban once again utilizes the rigidity and strength offered by the material’s form.

 

 

shigeru ban shapes abu dhabi art pavilion from cardboard tubes
the lightweight design embodies shigeru ban’s innovative use of recyclable materials
image courtesy of shigeru ban architects

 

 

shigeru ban shapes abu dhabi art pavilion from cardboard tubes
the structure provides shelter and shade from the warm sun
image courtesy of shigeru ban architects

 

 

shigeru ban shapes abu dhabi art pavilion from cardboard tubes