Japan Pavilion at the Hannover Expo 2000 by Shigeru Ban and Otto Frei. The tunnel arch is about 73.8m long, 25m wide, and 15.9m high, a grid shell using lengthy paper tubing and without joints. Ban Photo, Heroes, Paper Architecture, L Architetto, Architects Natural, Arches, Grid Shells, Cardboard Tube, Ban Architects
The external walls made of two sheets of corrugated fiber-reinforced plastics and the inner walls made of a nylon fabric are both mounted on wooden stud frames and sit in parallel. In between are attached clear plastic bags, carefully stuffed with strings of foamed polyethylene for insulation purpose.
Meet the extraordinary man who has been called "the architect of the people" and the first man to use paper as a building structure material, Shigeru Ban. He is the founder of Voluntary Architects' Network (VAN). He built refugee homes in Rwanda and evacuation homes in Japan and China and also helped built churches and schools to aid victims of natural disasters. "Paper buildings cannot be destroyed by earthquakes." Shigeru Ban www.thextraordina...