The Cardboard Cathedral | Shigeru Ban
The Cardboard Cathedral by Architect Shigeru Ban is now open for the people in New Zealand. After the earthquake two years ago, the temporary cathedral will serve as a replacement for the city’s iconic Anglican Cathedral from 1864. The structure is simply made from 98 equally sized cardboard tubes and 8 steel shipping containers and is said to be one of the safest, earthquake-proof buildings in Christchurch. Shigeru Ban has been developing the recycled tubes as an emergency relief building material since 1986. Each paper tube is coated waterproof polyurethane and flame retardants while protected by a semi-transparent, polycarbonate roof. The colorful mosaic of triangular glass etched with images from the original cathedral’s façade.
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photos by: © Shigeru Ban Architects | © Flickr user Jocelyn Kinghorn, courtesy of Creative Commons| © Cortesía de Christchurch City Libraries’ Flickr.
The Cathedral after the earthquake.
The new Cardboard Cathedral.