IE Paper Pavilion
by Shigeru Ban


Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has completed a temporary pavilion made from cardboard tubes at the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid.

IE Paper Pavilion by Shigeru Ban

The Paper Pavilion, which was inaugurated yesterday, is constructed in the university's Serrano garden and will serve as a multi-purpose space for events, meetings, talks and exhibitions.

IE Paper Pavilion by Shigeru Ban

The project had a restricted budget, so Shigeru Ban designed a system of cardboard roof trusses and columns which were cheap to install and can be easily recycled when the building is eventually dismantled.

IE Paper Pavilion by Shigeru Ban

The tubes were manufactured and waterproofed locally in Spain and were assembled by members of the surrounding community.

IE Paper Pavilion by Shigeru Ban

The IE School commissioned the pavilion, supported by the Japan Foundation. The opening event was a lecture by Ban entitled "Appropriate Architecture".

Tokyo architect Shigeru Ban has used cardboard to construct a number of pavilions and structures in recent years, which ties closely to his work on disaster relief projects. He is currently working on a cardboard cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, and has also built a pavilion with cardboard columns in Moscow and a temporary tower made of paper tubes.

See more architecture by Shigeru Ban on Dezeen or see more design with cardboard.

Photography is by Fernando Guerra.

  • Ban is amazing and wonderful as always!

  • Colonel Pancake

    You know life is unfair when Shigeru Ban is making temporary architecture and Daniel Libeskind is making permanent architecture.

  • R.M.

    The main reason for this building is giving publicity to a private architecture school at the application period just to attract students, quite disgusting trick glamourised with the usual absurd and gimmicky photos by F. Guerra. Spain has more than 30 schools of architecture, we don’t really need you IE.

    • Quoc-Long Nguyen

      R.M: This post is only about architecture of a “temporary pavilion made from cardboard tubes” by Shigeru Ban. I think this one provide an amazing solution for a restricted budget. However, F.Guerra did great job taking those beautiful portraits for this interesting project.

      And… an “disgusting trick” of IE? We don’t really care.