Shigeru Ban, the renowned Japanese architect, has been awarded the prestigious Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2014. The purpose of the prize is to recognize living architects for excellence in built work and who make a significant and consistent contribution to humanity. UPM and Shigeru Ban have worked together on several projects since 2007.
The citation from the Pritzker Prize jury underscores Ban’s experimental approach to common materials:
“His creative approach and innovation, especially related to building materials and structures, not merely good intentions, are present in all his works.”
“He is especially known for his structural innovations and the creative use of unconventional materials like bamboo, fabric, paper, and composites of recycled paper fiber and plastics.”
Several projects with UPM To help the earthquake victims in Japan, architect Shigeru Ban designed emergency houses Onagawa town in the Tohuko-region, which was severely hit by a tsunami in spring 2011. The corridors and outside decking were built from UPM ProFi Deck.