Shigeru Ban has received public recognition due to his transitional cardboard cathedral in earthquake-devastated Christchurch. In the wake of a 6.3 earthquake the gothic revival church was destroyed beyond repair, needing urgent replacement, Ban was commissioned to create a temp construction; he proposed a simple A frame construction that can hold up to 700 people.

Arch2o-Shigeru Ban-christchurch NZ cardboard cathedral (5)

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The structure is made of 600mm (24inch) diameter cardboard tubes that are coated with water proof polyurethane and flame retardants. The introduction of colored glass adds a beautiful, cheerful and almost mystical air to the building.

Arch2o-Shigeru Ban-christchurch NZ cardboard cathedral (2)

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It is inspiring to see an architect dedicating time and resources to a temp structure that can, to an extent, as the architects describes; “can become a home.”

By Danya Hakky

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