Shigeru Ban: Building with Paper – Library of a Poet

Location: Zushi, Kanagawa, Japan
Completion Date: February 1991

This was Shigeru Ban’s first paper tube building. The bookshelves form the walls and absorb wind loads, allowing the paper tube to form the main structure. The shelves were insulated in the factory and treated on the outside to be outside walls. The paper tubes are 10cm in diameter and 12.5mm thick. They utilise a grid pattern to create the building form. They are kept inside and so are not exposed to the elements. The wooden joints are formed on 10x10cm timber cubes which the paper tubes slot onto and are bolted to. The details of this are shown in the images below.


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