The Cardboard Cathedral with a ceiling made of thick cardboard tubes opened for the public in Christchurch on the South Island of New Zealand on August 5.
The new cathedral replaces the iconic Christchurch cathedral damaged by the 2011 earthquake for a period of about 10 years – until a permanent replacement is built. It is located on the corner of Hereford and Madras Streets in Latimer Square, a few blocks away from the damaged cathedral.
The cathedral’s ceiling is built of 98 two-foot diameter cardboard tubes covered with waterproofing and fire-retardant materials as well as timber beams, structural steel and concrete. Each tube is up to 65 feet long and weighs about 260 lbs.
The cathedral has a triangular A-frame design with a height of 70 feet above the altar and can seat 700 people. It features a prominent triangular stained glass window with images from the old cathedral’s original rose window.
The building has been built to last for nearly 50 years.
The Cardboard Cathedral was designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who is known for his work using cardboard as a building material.