Shigeru Ban: Building with Paper – Paper Arch: The Museum of Modern Art

Location: New York, United States of America
Completion Date: April 2000

Similar to the Japanese Pavilion, this structure uses only paper and aluminium ties. Ban uses paper tubes in the place of the laminated wooden beams to provide support to the grid shell, then uses ties and bolts to connect the two together. This structure was created off-site then cut into eight sections which were then craned onto site and re-joined together. The bend of the tubes is due to their weight and the geometry of the structure.

This project shows the development of an idea from the Japanese Pavilion and how it has come to fruition. This is good to see!


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