Tuesday, October 13, 2009

fun with paper

\shigeru ban: paper tower

looking up the paper tower
image © designboom

shigeru ban's paper tower is part of the size + matter project which matches
leading architects and designers with a chosen material, asking them to push the
boundaries of that material's potential, and to also challenge our perception of those
materials by demonstrating new applications and forms for them.

the japanese architect was selected to work with cardboard manufacturer sonoco,
constructing a 22m high cone-shaped tower made from hundreds of compressed
cardboard tubes. by taking a humble material typically used to make boxes,
ban utilizes the cardboard to construct something which soars above the south bank skyline.


someone has just altered the way we think about paper. how many
other materials are waiting for us to do the same ?

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