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The 1864 Cathedral in New Zealand Will Be Rebuilt Out of Cardboard

By: Omar Yusuf - Published: Sep 4, 2011 • References: architizer and telegraph
The 1864 Cathedral has stood at the zenith of Christchurch, New Zealand for almost 150 years. But this past February, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake ripped through the small island nation and delivered considerable structural damage to the age-old monastery.

Enter Shigeru Ban, a Japanese architect known for implementing cardboard and paper in load-bearing structures. Ban has been approached by the Christchurch city council to produce plans for a new building intended to temporarily replace the 1864 cathedral. The new house of worship will be made from cardboard, accommodating more than 700 people beneath its 80-foot-tall steeple.

Adding an exponent to the intrigue, Shigeru Ban is including an expiration date for the building: 10 years. You'll hear no complaints, though, as the eco architect is taking on this project pro bono. Let's just hope that another earthquake doesn't hit the city!