The Cardboard Cathedral
August 15, 2013 8:15 PM   Subscribe

Shigeru Ban is a Japanese architect whose work includes 'temporary' structures (YT) made from cardboard tubes. His work blurs the distinction between temporary and permanent, and includes designs that focus on cost effective and liveable shelter after natural and human disasters. Now, two-and-a-half years after the Christchurch, New Zealand earthquake destroyed the city's cathedral, the Cardboard Cathedral has been opened. [See also: 1 2 ]
posted by carter (5 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
Ban's work, aside from being terribly smart, adaptable, and quite green, are just gorgeous. I love him.
posted by PinkMoose at 8:43 PM on August 15, 2013

Great post, thanks!
posted by jet_manifesto at 5:15 AM on August 16, 2013

Well, there goes another of my proposed FPPs.

Here are the other links I was going to include:

BBC Story

Christchurch (city and cathedral) before and after the earthquakes

The Cardboad Cathedral’s own site
Cathedrals usually stand as enduring monuments to human skill and inventiveness, and magnificent pointers to the presence of God among us. Their websites will tell you how they are the oldest, the largest, the tallest or the most significant of their kind. ChristChurch Cathedral is slightly different. The original Cathedral was badly damaged in the Christchurch earthquake in February 2011. We are now putting the finishing touches to our new temporary home, the Transitional Cathedral in Latimer Square, Christchurch. It will be the world’s only cathedral made substantially of cardboard.
Transitional Cathedral
The triangular window design includes 49 panels and incorporates images from ChristChurch Cathedral's original rose window.
Each image comes from the same position as on the rose window. The triangular panels in the middle of the new stained-glass window use images from the centre circle of the rose window, while the remaining panels use images from the outside circle.

The Cathedral makes use of varied construction materials from cardboard tubes to timber beams, structural steel and concrete. It is the largest 'emergency structure' to be designed by Shigeru Ban who, with the support of associate architect Yoshie Narimatsu, contributed his time free of charge and gifted the building's design to the Cathedral, Diocese and Christchurch.

Many of the building materials are being sourced locally and nationally including the 98 16.5 - 20 metre, 120-kilogram tubes. Each tube is coated in polyurethane and laminated timber has been inserted for strength.
Anglican Life Magazine
Every effort is being made to ensure that the Transitional Cathedral will function to serve the needs of the Cathedral and its surrounding communities. The structure has been designed for maximum safety and will be built 100% to code. Its design and construction will be unlike anything previously seen in the city.

The building’s size and scale is unprecedented in terms of Shigeru’s emergency architecture. Rev Craig Dixon said “Its simple beauty, is a fitting tribute to all who have been affected by the events of September 4, 2010 and following.”

After a period of ten years, or at a point when a Cathedral is completed in Cathedral Square, Shigeru Ban’s Transitional Cathedral will continue life on site as an inner-city church for the large congregation of St John’s. It is expected will continue to be used for another forty years.
posted by Herodios at 6:32 AM on August 16, 2013 [3 favorites]

Meanwhile, in the continuing Kiwi spirit of making it right with a bit of #8 wire:
Nearby, they've made a shopping district out of colorfully decorated shipping containers.

[H]ow Christchurch city is recovering from . . . a series of high magnitude earthquakes between September 2010 and June 2011. . . . It’s still alive and it’s still beautiful.
It’s not allowed to be called a Pop-Up mall because some developers in London got toey** about Canterbury using the term, but Re:START is an outdoor retail space consisting of temporary buildings made from shipping containers. Opened in October 2011, Re:START has been steadily growing to approximately 40 retailers, a number of food caravans and a market on the weekend.

The shops are full of lovely premium fashion, shoes, food and Kiwi-icon based products. The gorgeous retail mix combined with the vibrant exterior colours and the uniformity of shapes makes it not unlike Toytown in a more upmarket dimension. When the mass-plantings of sunflowers come into bloom in a couple of months it will be seriously happy.
**A bit of antipodean slang I was not aware of.
posted by Herodios at 6:43 AM on August 16, 2013 [2 favorites]

Whoa, many thanks Herodios! And apologies for pre-empting you; those are great links and would have made for a better front page post :)
posted by carter at 7:06 AM on August 16, 2013

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