Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban is renown for his austere simple lines (well… he’s Japanese right?) and his generous use of natural materials (another Japanese trait right?). Particularly paper and bamboo! Here’s a glimpse into his creative mind.
Bianimale: Exhibition Design for Canadian Photographer Gregory Colbert, Venice, New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Mexico City (2001 – 2008)
The first exhibition entitled “Ashes and Snow” was done in the spaces of the Arsenale (Venice, Italy) with about 200 large scale photographs, projections light boxes and a film and was seen by thousands of visitors. After this first success Colbert wished to share the same experience across different locations, and the idea of the Nomadic Museum was born.
Colbert collaborated with Shigeru Ban Architects to develop the idea using 150 shipping containers, a membrane roof and paper columns. The interior design of the exhibition halls was entrusted to Italian Designer Ombra Bruno of BEMaa Design Firm. Through the use of materials and light the internal structure changes its nature: river stones, wood, cardboard and paper (most of which were recycled) along with a grazed lighting and “crowns of light” that transformed the museum into a much warmer and welcoming space.
In New York City, The Nomadic Museum was built installed in 2005 at Pier 54. The following two years saw two different cities, Los Angeles and Tokyo.
The Nomadic Museum won the Gold Medal from the Industrial Design Excellence Awards in the Environment category in 2006.