Cardboard lord Shigeru Ban has been helping victims of Japan's March 2011 earthquake in various ways for a while now, and today Architizer brings word that the architect's three-story complex in Miyagi is complete and ready for move-in. Designed from corrugated-steel shipping containers, the temporary housing complex boasts minimalist, clean interiors, ample storage space, and even features such as balconies on some units. Eloquently put: "His noble housing project works within tight environmental and material constraints and yet also, by a seeming miracle, manages to extract an understated elegance that speaks intuitively to a human’s wants and needs." Good architecture for a good cause: definitely something we can get behind.
· A Look at Shigeru Ban's Minimalist Shelters For Earthquake Victims [Curbed National]
· Shigeru Ban's Earthquake Relief Shipping Containers Complete [Curbed National]
· Corrugated Steel Shipping Containers Do Double Duty as Housing [Curbed National]
· Shigeru Ban Tapped to Design Massive Cardboard Cathedral [Curbed National]