Japanese architect Mr. Shigeru Ban won the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2014
The Japanese architecture, Mr. Shigeru Ban (56) won the Pritzker Architecture Prize 2014 for his unique approach in using materials viz. paper tubes, bamboo and shipping containers.
About Mr. Shigeru Ban
- Known for his creative and inexpensive designs for disaster relief shelters.
- Purpose: To build an inexpensive and easy-to-construct-and- dismantle structures.
- Designed a range of buildings to help victims of natural disasters and refugees in places viz. Rwanda, Turkey, India, China, Haiti,Japan, etc.
- Uses cardboard tubes to make temporary housing in disaster zones.
- Notable work: the seven-storied wooden office-building in Zurich, and the church made of cardboard tubes and colour glasses in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Pritzker Architecture Prize
- Establish: 1979.
- Awarded for: A career of achievement in the art of architecture.
- Sponsor: Hyatt Foundation.
- Prize: $100,000, a citation and a bronze medallion.
Note: Mr. Ban would be the seventh Japanese architect to receive the prize when it is given away on June 13, 2014 in Amsterdam.