This article is dedicated to one of the houses designed by the Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, “Paper House”, a pioneer in the use of paper tubes as the basis of the structural element in 1995. This was the first project where the use of this material for the structure was allowed.
The idea of this structure arose from the need to create temporary houses because of an earthquake in Kobe. The project is characterized by its rapid execution and its low cost.
The structure of the house was composed of 110 paper tubes, of a height of 2.70 m with a diameter of 275mm and a thickness of 148mm. Of all the tubes, 10 are responsible for supporting the vertical load and the remaining others are responsible for supporting the lateral forces.