Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch

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Constructed in just 11 months, Cardboard Cathedral was built as a temporary structure to replace the Anglican Cathedral of Christchurch. The original church sustained major damage in the earthquake of February 2011, leaving worshipers bereft. In response, "disaster architect" Shigeru Ban designed this transitional church pro bono, constructing it from cardboard tubes, timber, steel, and shipping containers. Enter this unusual house of worship to appreciate its simple beauty and ingenious design. Staff and volunteers are on hand to explain more about the church and its significance to the city's population. Add Cardboard Cathedral and other attractions to your Christchurch trip itinerary using our Christchurch day trip planner.
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  • I had a lovely time visiting the cathedral recently. It was great to meet Richard Parkers, who was a wonderful host and had lots of interesting knowledge to share both about the cathedral and... 
    I had a lovely time visiting the cathedral recently. It was great to meet Richard Parkers, who was a wonderful host and had lots of interesting knowledge to share both about the cathedral and...  more »
  • We had hear a lot about the cardboard cathedral, as a design feature, and so were glad to be able to see it. The design is quite ingenious as the layers of cardboard are steamed and compressed into... 
    We had hear a lot about the cardboard cathedral, as a design feature, and so were glad to be able to see it. The design is quite ingenious as the layers of cardboard are steamed and compressed into...  more »
  • Had a lovely conversation with Richard, he talked us through the history of of and around the building. The old cathedral, the use of the land prior to the construction of this one, the architectural....  more
    Had a lovely conversation with Richard, he talked us through the history of of and around the building. The old cathedral, the use of the land prior to the construction of this one, the architectural....  more »
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  • Ok, just go see... Amazing architecture if you consider the time it too,,, the material used and now the look... Free to go in and covid safe.... The neighbourhood does not look like much... Still lot of empty lots for rebuild...
  • Amazing design made of cardboards, when you are in Christchurch try to visit this unique place.
  • I loved returning. It is one of the places I needed to see again. Got some beautiful Christmas decorations and a French knitter. Made my day. Thank you. God Bless.
  • Beautiful architectural worshipping dwelling. A pity my conference colleagues were partying drunk and disorderly there for the function. Should this be allowed to happen? Or is the hire agency money more important?
  • A beautiful temporary church with a minimalist design. Very contemporary, with clever tainted panels and high cardboard ceiling that brings focus to the cross.

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