Cardboard cathedral in New Zealand to go ahead

Cardboard cathedral in New Zealand to go ahead

Shigeru Ban’s temporary cardboard cathedral for the earthquake-stricken city of Christchurch in New Zealand has received church backing, with completion planned for December.

Japan’s Ban was approached following a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in February 2011 that caused extensive damage to the imposing Christchurch Cathedral, built by George Gilbert Scott in 1858.

His US$5.3m design – known as the Transitional Cathedral – has a lifespan of 20-30 years, is 25-metres tall and constructed from cardboard tubes on a timber and steel A-frame.

A memorandum of understanding for the project was signed between the Cathedral Chapter, St John’s Anglican Parish and Church Property Trustees.

The structure will serve as the parish church for the city’s St John’s area once a permanent cathedral is complete.

Local practice Warren and Mahoney will work on detailed design for the project.

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