Abu Dhabi, UAE
Renowned Japanese architect, 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. Drawing on his trademark use of cardboard to construct sustainable and low-cost structures, the temporary pavilion is made almost entirely out of cardboard tubes that vary in length and dimensions arranged to form an engaging and inviting semi-external volume.
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. The pavilion forms a ‘design souq’ where visitors can meet and exchange ideas with local designers.
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.
Images courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects.