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Christchurch and Canterbury Sights

Cardboard Cathedral

  • 234 Hereford St. Map It
  • Christchurch
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Updated 03/06/2014

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As far as interim measures go, this one is right up there. Built largely from 98 cardboard tubes, covered in plastic, the Transitional Cardboard Cathedral opened in August 2013 to help fill a little of the enormous gap left by the loss of the Christchurch Cathedral It can seat 700 and is the largest "emergency structure" to be designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who gifted the design (right down to its unusual chairs) to Christchurch. The large triangular window at the front contains images from Christchurch Cathedral's original rose window. Built to last at least 50 years, the Cardboard Cathedral will turn into a parish church once a new cathedral's built in the square.

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234 Hereford St., Christchurch, 8011, New Zealand

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Updated 03/06/2014


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