On 4 September 2010 & 22 Feb 2011 Christchurch was hit by two two earthquakes. The first, although the more powerful on the Richter scale (7.1) was centred away from the city. On 22 February 2012 a second earthquake struck (6.3 on the Richter scale) which was shallower & its epicentre much closer to the city centre. As a result serious damage & loss of life occurred to buildings already damaged by the September quake. The Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, the centre of Christchurch was seriously damaged &, controversially, may have to be completely removed.
As an interim measure a 'Transitional' Cardboard Cathedral in being constructed in nearby Latimer Square. The brainchild of Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, the Cathedral in constructed of thick cardboard tubes which are projected to last around 50 years. Work on the foundations began in July 2012, and has progressed steadily ever since. The result is a rather interesting construction which will also include a 'Rose' window, the original which was destroyed in a quake aftershock. For full information & progress see www.cardboardcathedral.org.nz
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dta (76691) 2013-03-29 1:01
Hello Neil ,
We are so far from the "Antipodes" ! I didn't know that the famous cathedral of Christchurch has been removed after the earthquakes . Will it be rebuilt ?
Attractive and original architecture for this one . And inteersting to see it in work .
Thanks for the share .
jhm (150878) 2013-03-29 4:47
This is a technic that I not know with cardboard tubes.
I learn everyday something on TE.
We get happy, never an earthquakes in Belgium, two after each other is very extremely and destroyed for a lot nice buildings.
Very well done, TFS.
A nice Easter weekend,
mafegan (8624) 2013-03-30 16:42
Thanks for posting this informative photo. Even though I lived in CHCH for a few years I was not aware that construction had actually begun on the Cardboard Cathedral. From the thumbnail this image reminded me of thatched roof farmhouses in Japan. Tfs, Marlene
ACL1978 (7511) 2013-04-03 17:26
Amazing building project, Neil - thanks for showing it to us. I have a friend in Christchurch and so I got some incredible firsthand accounts of the destruction there, with the sustained and repeating earthquakes. Amazing how brilliantly the city has responded and begun to rebuild. Thanks for sharing this one.