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Globe Trotting: Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral Opens In New Zealand


Tuesday, August 6, 2013, by Amy Schellenbaum
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Almost 2 years right after the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, asked modernist Shigeru Ban, known cardboard extraordinaire and earthquake-relief pro, to create an all-cardboard, quake-proof cathedral to temporarily replace the 1864 Anglican cathedral destroyed in a February 2011 earthquake, building has officially wrapped on the cardboard A-frame. Expected to withstand about 50 years of weather and wear, Cardboard Cathedral is meant to be a stand-in for the neighborhood while an additional cathedral—you know, one not created 98 cardboard tubes—is built.

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The excellent hall, with area for up to 700 individuals, is decked mostly by triangular glass windows, imbued with the photos from the original cathedral’;s façade. The first service will be this Sunday.

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