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.