Ban is a pavilion which has been constructed for the Beijing Design Week 2012. The Chinese title refers to flower petals, and similar to the way that the shape of a flower is created by its bent petals, Ban is constructed from bent polymer sheets which form a self-supporting structure and create shapes and volume from a multitude of leaves.
Based on Orproject’s research into anisotropic sheet morphologies, the geometries have here been used in a structural orthogonal orientation and form a system of columns, arches and vaults, all based on single-curved elements. The resulting field of lines takes the viewers eye across the structure and into the sky, and like a giant flower Ban is hovering in the air above Beijing’s ancient Hutong roofs.
Project Manager: Shuai Yang
Project Team: Kevin Wang, Marian Ma, Qiuwen Shi
Photographs: Jasper James, Orproject
Sponsors: SK, Penghao Theatre