Esteemed Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has completed his latest temporary pavilion at the campus of the IE Business School in Madrid. A neutrally-hued events space formed of 173 paper tubes held together with timber joints resting on paper columns, the IE’s Paper Pavilion will be used for meetings, presentations and events receptions over the coming months.
Ban was selected by the IE Business School due to his commitment to the IE’s core values of innovation and sustainability, as well as his humanitarian aid work. He also has an ongoing partnership with the university, having lectured at the IE Architecture School in the past. Also working on the project were Santiago Iñiguez, Dean of IE Business School and President of IE University, Fernando Serrano-Súñer, the Spanish architect who headed the construction, Martha Thorne, Vice Dean for External Relations at IE School of Architecture, and Jaime de Jaraíz, Vice President of LG España.
Ban said of his Paper Pavilion: “One of the main challenges in any project is that the design must take into consideration the specific characteristics of the location. In this case, we used an existing wall and kept the pavilion as far as possible from the adjacent building. I try to use local firms for my work. In this case the tubes, for example, were made in Zaragoza.”
Sponsor LG has equipped the pavilion with its Multi V III heating and air conditioning systems, which will ensure a supply of good air’ and a healthy environment. The Multi V III systems installed by LG at IE provide three key advantages: greater energy-saving potential, which in turn permits lower levels of energy consumption; greater flexibility in terms of installation, which means that it can be adapted to any environment; and an extremely low noise level.