Award-winning architect Shigeru Ban, wood artist and master of the use of renewable materials, is showcasing his exceptional talents at Nieuw Zuid. A first, because the Japanese architect is designing in Belgium for the first time. It is a major new addition to an urban development making a name for itself as an architectural site.
The wood used for the facades serves more than just an aesthetic purpose. Shigeru Ban has a penchant for sustainable materials and is known for wanting to minimise the ecological footprint with his architecture. By opting for a hybrid structure of concrete, steel and pre-finished and hard-wearing European timbers, BAN maintains the optimal balance between structural engineering ingenuity, long-term solidity and durability.