Paper Tower




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'Paper Tower' was a temporary tower made of paper tubes designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, which was erected on the South Bank in London.

Shigeru Ban is an architect based in Tokyo and Paris.  He is best known for his disaster relief projects – in particular the cheap immediate housing made from paper and card which can be used in earthquake situations. For the London Design Festival he designed a tower made from cardboard which soared over the embankment walkway and was visible as a new addition to the South Bank skyline.

Made from cardboard tubes, the tower was articulated by metal joints, a system similar in design to the system used by Ban in his construction of a bridge, boathouse and various pavilions around the world. Sponsored by Sonoco, a global supplier of industrial and consumer packaging, the structure was 22m high and once built, became the tallest paper tower in the world.

London Design Festival

Over nine days in September, the London Design Festival feature hundreds of events taking place across London, showcasing the city's pivotal role in global design. The London Design Festival 2018 will be held 15-23 September, featuring over 400 Partners, Landmark Projects, and V&A Commissions.

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