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Christchurch's Cardboard Cathedral is Earthquake-Proof

 - Aug 13, 2013
References: telegraph & archdaily
Construction of Shigeru Ban's carboard cathedral in Christchurch has been completed, with its first service held yesterday. After the 2011 earthquake in New Zealand, the 1864 chapel was left in ruins. With an expected lifespan of 50 years, this cardboard chapel will provide a temporary gathering place for prayer services to be held until a more permanent structure can be erected for the community.

Unlike the original structure, this earthquake-proof reconstruction uses unconventional materials including cardboard tubes and steel shipping containers. Architect Shigeru Ban remarks that "the strength of the building has nothing to do with the strength of the material." Now, it is estimated to be one of the best buildings in Christchurch that is able to survive an earthquake.