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Shigeru Ban’s Christchurch Cardboard Cathedral Gets the Green Light for Construction

Posted By Andrew Michler On April 23, 2012 @ 6:36 pm In Architecture,Disaster-proof design,News,Sustainable Building | No Comments

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Shigeru Ban [1]’s temporary cardboard cathedral [2] finally got the green light to be erected in Christchurch, New Zealand. Now called the “Transitional Cathedral”, the building will replace a 19th century church that was heavily damaged in the 2011 earthquake – until funds for a permanent building are raised. The temporary building will hold 700 parishioners, it can be constructed with a fraction of the time and cost it takes to create a traditional building, and it can be re-erected for a different purpose in the future.

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Ban has utilized cardboard to create temporary, quick-to-assemble shelters after both the 2011Japan earthquake [3] and the New Zealand [2] quake. The Transitional Church will be supported by cardboard tubes pitched to create a cathedral ceiling that rises 80 feet. The material is both strong and lightweight, and can be assembled through relatively quick construction processes. The construction will also be a modest $3.8 million and will be completed before the end of 2012.

Ban sees the building having a 20 year life span, so the community can deconstruct it in a few years and reassemble [4] it for a community center or other purposes. The design also pushes the envelope (there a pun in here somewhere) on how large, low-cost and temporary buildings made from paper can fit into community needs with an esthetic intention. Ban’s cardboard church was designed only a couple of months after the earthquake, and since it can be locally sourced and easily removed it offers a vital new place for a community that is only now getting back on its feet [5].

+ Shigeru Ban Architects [6]


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[1] Shigeru Ban: http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/SBA_WORKS/SBA_PROJECTS/SBA_PROJECTS_26/SBA_Projects_26.html

[2] cardboard cathedral: http://inhabitat.com/shigura-ban-unveils-towering-cardboard-cathedral-for-christchurch/

[3] Japan earthquake: http://inhabitat.com/update-shigeru-bans-modular-shelters-provide-relief-to-quake-and-tsunami-victims/

[4] reassemble: http://inhabitat.com/tag/building-reuse/

[5] getting back on its feet: http://inhabitat.com/restart-shipping-container-mall-opens-in-christchurch-but-faces-lawsuit/

[6] + Shigeru Ban Architects: http://www.shigerubanarchitects.com/

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