When the much loved Christchurch Cathedral was badly damaged and was to be demolished, a new, temporary place of worship was constructed. It became known as the Cardboard Cathedral. If you read Wikipedia's account, there were many disputes about the cost, the source of money and the appropriateness of the design.
Personally, I found it to be a beautiful place, full of light and somewhat befitting Jesus's humble origins (not that the cost of more than $5 million dollars is humble.)I meant it more in the sense that the church is not ostentatious and with its pure lines, elegant shapes and the marriage of timber and cardboard, it is a place of harmony and luminance.
I include a segment from wikipedia:
The building was designed pro bono by Shigeru Ban, who is characterised as a "disaster architect"
The cathedral rises 70 feet (21 m) above the altar. Materials used in its construction include 2 feet (0.61 m) diameter cardboard tubes, timber and steel. The roof is of polycarbon and is held up by eight shipping containers which form the walls. The foundation is concrete slab. The architect initially wanted the cardboard tubes to be the structural elements, but local manufacturers could not produce tubes thick enough, and importing the cardboard was rejected. The 96 tubes, reinforced with laminated wood beams, are "coated with waterproof polyurethane and flame retardants" leaving two-inch gaps between each so that light can filter into the cathedral. Instead of a replacement rose window, the building contains triangular pieces of stained glass.In addition to serving as a cathedral, the building serves as a conference venue.
Shigeru Ban (坂 茂 Ban Shigeru?) (born 5 August 1957) is a Japanese and international architect, most famous for his innovative work with paper, particularly recycled cardboard tubes used to quickly and efficiently house disaster victims. He was profiled by Time magazine in their projection of 21st century innovators in the field of architecture and design.
PLEASE VISIT WORKSHOP FOR PHOTOS OF THE CHURCH'S EXTERIOR AND SOME INTERIOR DETAILS.
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drweizy (540) 2014-04-10 7:20
a simple and practical arch, very beauti, good composition. regards
chawax (20758) 2014-04-10 11:43
Nice shot of this modern church. The POV is good, the exposure and the sharpnes are excellent. Interesting note that explains much about this church. Your workshop pictures show it is more beautiful inside than outside anyway !
siudzi (34141) 2014-04-10 12:22
The visual and graphical effect of your composition is simply marvelous! Perfectly seen and presented interior with a great symmetry and superb light control. TFS!
worldcitizen (8860) 2014-04-10 12:32
What a lovely interior. I like the simplicity and all the clean lines. The cardboard and wood elements remind me of Scandinavian style. The exterior has a different feeling to it but I still like it. Nice job with the exposure and presentation, too.
Royaldevon (40336) 2014-04-10 14:27
This is indeed a beautiful interior!
It has strong, clean lines, without all the frills that bedeck many churches.
For me, it is excellent!
I do like how the sloping lines of the triangular wall help to focus attention on the cross.
My warm regards,
sabermonajati (11281) 2014-04-10 21:49
excellent and interesting architecture you captured.here is peaceful place.
annjackman (21899) 2014-04-11 1:54
Congratulations on an interesting picture and note. I think the simple design is beautiful and you captured it perfectly.
Very well done.
Kind Regards, Ann
tyro (25936) 2014-04-11 4:51
An interesting note - and, yes, I agree with you entirely - Christ was of humble and poor origins so why should churches be fancy, decorated with gold and jewels and have utmost wealth? Here in Scotland, the Scottish churches are often fairly "spartan" and lack fancy decoration but they can often be quite beautiful by their sheer simplicity as in this case.
This is indeed a remarkable building and you have captured its beauty and simplicity here perfectly. I love your composition - almost symmetrical but not quite so and that foreground cylindrical object is perfectly placed too. Lovely soft light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
Two very nice and interesting workshop pictures too!
dekanski (5642) 2014-04-11 9:13
ne volim baš ovakve prostore, ali je zaista "fotogeničan", a ti si to sjajno iskoristio.
clic (17417) 2014-04-23 14:46
A much-interesting photo document you present today, in agreement with our modern era of materials recycling.
Such a rippled cardboard roof must deaden the echoes of "Amens" though and is not the ideal canvas to paint icons on!
Very attractive tribute the innovative engineer; thanks for showing.
SnapRJW (31629) 2014-04-25 7:45
Hello Klaudio - I have only now looked through your shots of Christchurch Cathedral and have found your shots to be an excellent little series. This interior of the cardboard cathedral is such a contrast to the old ornate structure and a sign of the times just as its predecessor was. The simple lines are elegant, light and unfussy and I like the very simple colour palette.
Well composed with good light management a shot which shows hope after a sad situation.
jmdias (65587) 2014-06-17 1:40
in some aspects the interior looks like the Londrina cathedral, a town located near of mine. unfortunately I don't have any image of it in my gallery, anyway it is done with cement, wood and has a big metallic roof. nice angle catching well the lines of this temporary architecture. beautiful compo. with lots of graphic mood.