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Design of ‘cardboard cathedral’ unveiled


Sidey’s Weekend Theme 05.08.2011 – Cardboard


Design of ‘cardboard cathedral’ unveiled

REVEALED: Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban, has designed a “temporary” cathedral for Christchurch. HOPEFUL: Christ Church Cathedral Dean Peter Beck.Relevant offersA cardboard replacement for the earthquake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral could become a permanent feature of the new city.

Designs for the proposed temporary “cardboard cathedral” were unveiled in Christchurch yesterday by world-renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.

The Anglican cathedral would be built with locally produced cardboard tubes erected in an A-shape, with shipping containers used as foundations.

Ban said the building would cost $4 million, take three months to build and could seat 700 people. A triangular stained glass window could be designed by a local artist, he said.

Ban has built temporary homes, schools, shelters and a cathedral for disaster zones across the world, including Rwanda in 1994, Kobe after the 1995 earthquake, Turkey in 1999 and Haiti last year.

Christ Church Cathedral Dean Peter Beck said the search was on for an inner-city site for the cathedral, which could be used by orchestras, other churches and community groups.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Trust, a fund run by Prime Minister John Key’s office, has granted $50,000 for a feasibility study into the project. The study will include a business case on how the $4m would be raised for the project.

Ban said the building could become permanent”If you love the building it is permanent, if not it is temporary.”

A similar cathedral Ban designed for Kobe after the 1995 quake was still in use. It was used for 10 years in Kobe, before it was relocated to Taiwan.

Beck said he hoped the cardboard cathedral could be complete for the one-year anniversary of the February earthquake.

He said it could “attract visitors to the central city and support the rebuild of Christchurch”.

“An interim, relocatable cathedral is a symbol of hope for the region. It is a sign of hope and confidence and a thing of beauty in the midst of all the desolation.”

Ban, who has worked on the project for free, said the dimensions of the cardboard cathedral were based on the original. The triangular shape was taken from the dimensions of the cathedral’s front facade and the floor plan is based on the shape of the cathedral interior.

“We are hoping to complete this before 22 February with a very limited amount of money. It is very simple and easy to build and uses local materials.

Ad Feedback “I think you have to build a future city that may be different from the previous Christchurch. You need to build a new Christchurch, not just bring back the previous one.”

Beck said the church was determined to rebuild a permanent new cathedral.

“The cathedral is in a very bad way and we are not sure yet what we want to do with it. We will build a new cathedral in the same place, but that will be some time away.”

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said the cardboard cathedral could help the rebuild of the city.

“I don’t think it will be too difficult to find a place to put a new temporary cathedral,” he said.

“The transition phase for our community from where we are now to when the permanent buildings start to arrive, that is a vital phase for Christchurch. How we handle that to make it positive is at the core of our planning now.”

Author: adeeyoyo

I am a middle-aged South African woman, living in Johannesburg. I began writing poetry towards the end of May 2010. I love animals – sometimes more than people! I am back after a break. Thanks for still being here, if you are! Missed you! xxx

28 thoughts on “Design of ‘cardboard cathedral’ unveiled

  1. I read this too, quite excited about it. And I am really enjoying everyone’s contributions so far this weekend.


  2. Obviously, this is very cool!

    I’m not quite sure that a temporary building that can only seat 700 is the best use of 4 million dollars, however.


    • It does seem a lot of money, but the feasibiliy study should also justify the expense…?


      • Hopefully. It seems like a suitably large canvas/aluminum structure would cost little more than study itself, given they are already available. Perhaps nothing if a company could be persuaded to waive the rental fees.


        • I was looking at it from the point of view of cheap housing for the poor. I wish someone would come up with a new material, cheap, long lasting (indestructable, haha) and quick to erect. I wonder if there is such a thing… I feel sorry for them in their shacks, especially in winter.


  3. if it works, a very cool idea..depends on what all is included in that 4 mil price tag…


  4. cardboard tubes are pretty good insulation, because the air trapped inside is good insulation.

    what a wonderful idea, it’s a start at building the spirit of the city


  5. Genius. I may have to catch a plane to go and look at it!


  6. Isn’t that a simply amazing concept?


  7. Other than the cost, the idea seems sound. Great choice for the theme, Denise. 😀


  8. So innovative, Adeeyoyo


    • Well, I suppose the whole idea is for humans to improve things… I really do hope it is an improvement in time and money spent on building in general.


  9. It is a bit pricey but anything that puts a positive spin on Christchurch at the moment has to be a good thing. I hope it goes well.


  10. For a country shaken by earthquakes, afraid to go inside any type of masonry building, a semi-permanent, or permanent, cardboard building would seem ideal; however, how they come up with 4 million dollars for something to be constructed with locally made cardboard, I have no idea. That makes it sound like it was designed by the U. S. Congress.


  11. Wow! That’s an appealing slant.


  12. it is very unusual, isn’t it. 🙂


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