A View with a Room

architect Shigeru Ban
project Picture Window House, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
written by Krešimir Rogina


At the very moment when I was wondering whether contemporary architecture could produce something entirely new, he appeared – Shigeru Ban. That is why in the spring of 1996 – when my partner Vinko Penezić and myself travelled to receive the prize for the Shinkenchiku competition Simplicity/Complexity – I firmly decided to get to know closely that Japanese architect, a magician with paper, as I named him later on. In the 1995 JA magazine yearbook, where our work was presented, his three small, but paradigmatic and powerful works, were also presented –Wall curtain house, Furniture house and naturally, Paper house.