Photographer's Note

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.


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