Faith­ful wor­ship in a card­board Cathe­dral

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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.

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