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INTERVIEW | Materials and Construction Methods, the Evolution of Architecture | Shigeru Ban Architects

photographed by
Hirai Hiroyuki
materials provided by
Shigeru Ban Architects
edited by
Kim Jeoungeun, Bang Yukyung

SPACE July 2024 (No. 680) 



The three works presented in this FRAME (SIMOSE, Toyota City Museum, Haesley Halfway House) are each located in a different environment, but they are all indicative of Ban Shigeru’s (principal, Shigeru Ban Architects) distinctive design concept; revealing the relationship between buildings and their surrounding environments through construction methods such as timber structures, steel structures and reinforced concrete structures. Forging interventions on specific sites with unique contexts, the positioning of buildings and circulation routes demonstrate a clear emphasis on sequence, and the creation of spaces where structures are strongly visible are also common features. SPACE talked to Ban Shigeru about how this distinctive architectural language and sense of place varies with site and programme, and what methods are used to achieve it.


interview Ban Shigeru principal, Shigeru Ban Architects × Kim Jeoungeun editor-in-chief, Bang Yukyung 



The first foor, Haesley Halfway House​


Skylight of entrance porch, Toyota City Museum​ 

You can see more information on the SPACE No. July (2024).

Ban Shigeru
Ban Shigeru studied at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) from 1977 to 1980 and graduated from the Cooper Union in 1984. He founded Shigeru Ban Architects in 1985 and became consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in 1995. He established the NGO, Voluntary Architects’ Network (VAN) in the same year to support disaster relief. He receive Recipient of Le Grade de Commandeur for L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, France (2014), Pritzker Architecture Prize (2014), Medal of Honor with Purple Ribbon, Japan (2017) and Mother Teresa Social Justice Award (2017).