Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Cardboard Cathedral

The Anglican Cathedral of Christchurch was severely damaged in the 2010 and 2011 quakes.  Here's what it looks like today:

 The diocese was given a huge gift by a Japanese architect who specializes in disaster-recovery architecture.  He designed the new, transitional cathedral by using cardboard tubes, and he did it pro bono.  It's pretty amazing.  There's NZ pine inside the tubes but the tubes give definition and lightweight to the new structure.  There's also been extensive use made of corrugated metal from shipping containers.  The bathrooms are located inside shipping containers, and are as nice as any we've seen anywhere else.
Here are photos of the outside of the building as you approach it, and a close-up of the glass panels, modeled on images from the cathedral...

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