New Zealand set for cardboard cathedral

cardboard cathedral

Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has created a US$4m temporary cathedral made from cardboard for the earthquake-stricken city of Christchurch in New Zealand.

Famous for his innovative work with cardboard tubes, Ban was approached following a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in February 2011 that caused extensive damage to the imposing Christchurch Cathedral.

The walls of Ban’s 700-capacity cathedral are formed by rows of paper tubing of equal length while the foundations will be made from shipping containers.

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A stained glass window will grace one end of the cathedral, which Ban suggests could be designed by a local artist.

Set for completion on February 22 2012, exactly one year after the devastating earthquake, it is possible that the cathedral will be relocated to another global location in the future.

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