Shigeru Ban Unveils Paper Log House at Philip Johnson’s Glass House

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has unveiled a Paper Log House at Philip Johnson’s Glass House in Connecticut, marking the 75th anniversary of the iconic structure. This innovative pavilion, constructed from paper tubes, wood, and milk crates, was created in collaboration with students from Cooper Union in New York. The 13.5-foot by 13.5-foot (4.1 meters by 4.1 meters) structure stands within the historic site of Johnson’s Glass House, which was designed in 1949 and is celebrated as one of the most significant buildings of the 20th century. The Paper Log House offers a striking contrast to the original Glass House, which features glass walls within a charcoal-colored steel frame. The new pavilion’s walls, comprised of 156 paper tubes within a plywood frame and a foundation of 39 milk crates, reflect Ban’s commitment to sustainable and innovative architecture.

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