Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Shigeru Ban's cardboard cathedral takes shape in Christchurch

The temporary cardboard cathedral designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban for the city of Christchurch should be completed this month. Made of cardboard tubes and covered with polycarbonate sheets to keep it watertight and allow daylight into the building, Ban's 9700-square feet, A-frame sanctuary will seat 700 worshippers providing a home for Anglicans while their quake-damaged cathedral is demolished and replaced. 

Three design options for a new cathedral have been released for public feedback: rebuilding the original cathedral, building a traditional timber construction or constructing a contemporary structure. Two public forums will be held this month and views on the designs will will be sought until early May when Church Property Trustees will select their preferred option.
Images: Construction of Shigeru Ban's cardboard cathedral underway in Christchurch (top); model of the temporary cathedral (bottom)