Paper Log House2005

New York, NY170 sf

In 1995 Shigeru Ban designed the Paper Log House in response to the earthquake that devastated Kobe. Four years later, he transformed the Paper Log House to meet the needs of the people of Turkey during the aftermath of another catastrophic earthquake. In 2001 Ban used the Paper Log House in India after that country suffered its worst earthquake on record. In 2005 SBA was invited to construct the Paper Log House for an exhibition titled SAFE: Design Takes On Risk, presenting products and prototypes designed to protect body and mind from dangerous circumstances, respond to emergencies, and provide a sense of comfort and security. The Paper Log House shown here is an exact replica of the Kobe Paper Log House of 1995. Ultimately a temporary relief for dozens of families, the criteria for the temporary housing provided by Paper Log House were inexpensive materials, simple construction methods, satisfactory insulation, and at the same time aesthetically pleasing.