New Zealand’s Anglican church will build the temporary structure as it works on a permanent replacement.
New Zealand’s Anglican church is going to have a temporary cathedral built out of cardboard in place of the Victorian-era, Gothic-style landmark in Christchurch, which was badly damaged last year in the earthquake.
Strong aftershocks and tremors caused more damage, meaning the cathedral can’t be repaired and has to be demolished. As the Anglican church works toward building a permanent replacement, this sustainable transitional cathedral designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban will be used by the local community. It is an A-frame structure made of cardboard tubes, timber beams, structural steel and a concrete pad, and is expected to be finished in time for Christmas.