Topic: The Transitional Cathedral

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The Transitional Cathedral, popularly known as the Cardboard Cathedral, is the temporary Anglican Cathedral for Christchurch.

The Transitional Cathedral, popularly known as the Cardboard Cathedral, is the temporary Anglican Cathedral for Christchurch.

It was  built on the site of  St John’s Church, Latimer Square after that church was demolished following the 2010/2011 Canterbury earthquakes in which the former Anglican cathedral in Cathedral Square was badly damaged and was deconsecrated.

Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban designed the building which is built out of reinforced cardboard tubes with an outer skin of transluscent polycarbonate  and the construction was carried  out by Naylor Love Construction.  The cathedral opened in 2013.

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How do you build a cathedral?  Information about the current Christchurch Cathedral, the Transitional Cathedral and the future Christchurch Cathedral from Anglican Life website.  Includes a virtual tour of the Transitional Cathedral. 

Christchurch Transitional (Cardbord) Cathedral  Abbreviated interview with Shigeru Ban from Architecturenow. A fuller version of this article, with more  illustrations, can be found in  Architecture New Zealand May 2013;(3):30-36.

 Cardboard Cathedral  The official website of the Transitional Cathedral.

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