"Green Houses" at Cacela Velha
Cacela Velha, Portugal
Arq. Shigeru Ban
860,00 m 2
When the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban had some fabric delivered to his office they arrived in rolls around paper tubes. For no “good reason” he kept the tubes. Later, whilst designing an exhibition on a tight budget, the idea of substituting paper tubes for timber elements occurred to him. This turned out to be possible and thus was born what he calls “Paper Architecture”.
Since then Shigeru Ban has used paper tubes for elements in a number of projects. Structures of increasing size have been built, the most impressive to date being the grid shell used for the Japanese exhibit for Expo2000 held in Hanover.
afassociados worked with Shigeru Ban on this project for four buildings in the Algarve. Each building has a different form and detailed engineering designs were produced for each one.
Currently the project is waiting funding.