We love… Cardboard Cathedral by Shigeru Ban

Today marks the opening of Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban’s poignant Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The structure replaces a former cathedral in the city, which was damaged during an earthquake in 2011. Constructed from cardboard tubes (laminated to protect them from rainwater) and timber, the triangular-shaped structure will last approximately 50 years before it is replaced by a permanent building. Ban is renowned for incorporating sustainable and cost-effective cardboard elements into his designs, and this particular building adheres to seismic (earthquake) building codes.

“The strength of the building has nothing to do with the strength of the material. Even concrete buildings can be destroyed by earthquakes very easily.” he explained to Designboom recently.

As well as a cardboard frame, the cathedral also features a geometric mosaic of colored triangles, which form a front-facing stained glass window. Each tile is adorned in spiritual imagery, based on the original cathedral’s rose window. Read more about this thought-provoking and smart project via Designboom and Dezeen. – Samantha Fox

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