$6-million cardboard cathedral opens in quake-struck New Zealand city

The new cathedral was designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. "Even concrete buildings can be destroyed by earthquakes very easily, but paper buildings cannot," he said.

 

A $6-million cardboard cathedral was officially dedicated in New Zealand on Thursday, replacing the neo-Gothic structure destroyed in a 2011 earthquake that killed 185 people.

Made from nearly 100 24-inch cardboard tubes coated with waterproof polyurethane, the new building in Christchurch is expected to last for more than a decade while a permanent replacement is built.

It includes a mosaic of colored, triangular glass etched with images from the original cathedral’s facade, which dates to 1864.

Acting dean Lynda Patterson told Agence France-Presse that the official opening of the innovative structure marked a major milestone in the city’s recovery from the devastating 6.3-magnitude quake that leveled much of the downtown area.

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