Christchurch New Zealand – Model of the Cardboard Cathedral
Christchurch will be putting up a temporary cardboard structure in place of the 131 year old Christchurch Cathedral that was damaged by a 6.3 earthquake in 2011.
The Christchurch Anglican diocese has commissioned renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban to design a cathedral capable of seating more than 700 people.
The temporary cathedral is to be constructed of locally produced cardboard tubes erected in an A-shape over a foundation of shipping containers. Christchurch views the cardboard cathedral as a symbol of hope for an area ravaged by the earthquake. The Cardboard Cathedral could last as long as 20 years and will give the diocese a chance to raise funds for a permanent structure. The temporary Cathedral is anticipated to give a boost to the community. It will be available as a venue for religious services, concerts, Civic Services and the visual arts.
It is expected that the structure will be finished by December 2012
I’m not sure what they will build after this but, I will miss the old cathedral. How do you feel about the Cardboard Cathedral?
Christchurch cathedral before earthquake