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In New Zealand, A Real Cathedral Made Of Cardboard

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A cathedral made out of cardboard will be built in Christchurch, New Zealand to temporarily replace the city’s landmark cathedral, which was damaged by earthquakes.

Designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, the “Transitional Cathedral” will be built on the site of St John's church, which was demolished after earthquakes hit the city in February last year.

It will be assembled using paper and cardboard tubes on an A-frame of timber beams and structural steel. Construction is scheduled to begin in two months and completed by year-end. The building is expected to last 20-30 years.


According to church spokesman Craig Dixon, the $5.3m cardboard cathedral, which can hold up to 700 people, would deliver "hope and excitement".

"It's a very economic building, allowing the life of the cathedral to continue," he said.

"It allows the city to see hope rise. It allows the cathedral community to take some time over what they want to do about the building in [Cathedral] Square."

[via Guardian]
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