Faithful worship in a cardboard Cathedral
THE Christchurch Cathedral was once the gem of a beautiful city. The building of the cathedral began just 14 years after the city was founded, and was designed by architects George Gilbert Scott and Benjamin Mountfort. The building, in Victorian Gothic style, took 40 years to complete.
It was destroyed (pictured, left) in the 2011 earthquake and remains cordoned off. A solution for the church’s congregation, plus the wider community who had used the cathedral to meet, was needed. The answer was the Cardboard Cathedral.
The structure is eight well-hidden shipping containers on top of a concrete pad, with cardboard tubing (reinforced with timber beams inside) forming the interior roof of the place of worship (pictured, right).
The cardboard is protected from the elements by a German-manufactured outside roof. It is open to visitors.