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Shigeru Ban Completes Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand

09 August, 2013

-By Holly O'Dell


Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, Contract's Designer of the Year in 2001, has completed the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand. The facility is a temporary replacement for the city’s 1864 landmark gothic revival cathedral, trampled by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in February 2011.


Ban’s A-frame structure, which can accommodate 700 parishioners, comprises 98 cardboard tubes reinforced by a semi-transparent polycarbonate roof and concrete floor. Made of colored glass triangles, a window above the entrance features images from the original cathedral's rose window.

The transitional building, which Ban says can last for 50 years, will stand until church leaders choose a plan for a new facility.




Shigeru Ban Completes Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand

09 August, 2013


Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, Contract's Designer of the Year in 2001, has completed the Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand. The facility is a temporary replacement for the city’s 1864 landmark gothic revival cathedral, trampled by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in February 2011.


Ban’s A-frame structure, which can accommodate 700 parishioners, comprises 98 cardboard tubes reinforced by a semi-transparent polycarbonate roof and concrete floor. Made of colored glass triangles, a window above the entrance features images from the original cathedral's rose window.

The transitional building, which Ban says can last for 50 years, will stand until church leaders choose a plan for a new facility.

 


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