'Cardboard' cathedral revealed

HOPEFUL: Christ Church Cathedral Dean Peter Beck.
HOPEFUL: Christ Church Cathedral Dean Peter Beck.

Plans for a 'cardboard cathedral'  have been unveiled in Christchurch.

The proposal for a temporary replacement of the Christ Church Cathedral was outlined by world renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban this afternoon.

Ban has built temporary homes, schools, shelters and a cathedral for disaster zones across the world, including Rwanda in 1994, Kobe after the 1995 earthquake, Turkey in 1999 and Haiti last year.

REVEALED: Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban, has designed a "temporary" cathedral for Christchurch.
REVEALED: Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban, has designed a "temporary" cathedral for Christchurch.

The temporary cathedral would be built with locally produced cardboard tubes erected in an A-shape, with shipping containers used as foundations.

Ban said the building would cost $4 million, take three months to build and could seat 700 people. A triangular stain-glass window could be designed by a local artist, he said.

Christ Church Cathedral Dean Peter Beck said he hoped the building could be completed in time for the one-year anniversary of the February 22 quake.

Beck said they are looking for an inner-city site for the cathedral, which could be used by orchestras, other churches and community functions.

The Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Trust, a fund run by Prime Minister John Key's office, has granted $50,000 for a feasibility study into the project. The study will include a business case on how the $4 million would be raised for the project.

Beck said the cardboard cathedral could be relocated and used for other purposes once a new permanent cathedral is constructed in the centre of the city.

Christchurch Mayor Bob Parker said the design was "inspirational''.

The Press