Architect Shigeru Ban designed the Tea House which was made from paper-based building materials. It was designed to show how materials can be recycled and reused using low-tech construction, ideal for temporary housing for situations like disaster relief.
They also quipped about the house being perfect for "those cozy afternoons drinking tea and healing from paper cuts." The house comes with a table and four stools and a waiting area.
Clearly, it is not a house you should plan to retire in but it would be a perfect dwelling for situations following natural disasters where people need a roof over their heads ASAP.
Shigeru Ban Tea House
1. Recyclable Building Materials - There is a need for recycled building materials that can be used in temporary housing, especially in disaster-stricken areas.
2. Low-tech Construction - The use of low-tech construction methods enables the construction of affordable housing in disaster-prone areas, where skilled labor and advanced materials may not be readily available.
3. Sustainable Architecture - Creating sustainable architecture is becoming increasingly critical in addressing environmental challenges created by urbanization and population growth.
1. Construction - The construction industry can benefit from developing sustainable and eco-friendly building materials, which could open up new markets for low-cost and fast building solutions.
2. Disaster Relief - Disaster relief organizations require innovative construction solutions that use low-tech methods and sustainable materials to construct affordable and resilient housing in disaster-prone areas.
3. Architecture - Architects require innovative solutions to design sustainable and affordable housing that addresses the challenges associated with population growth, urbanization, and climate change.