the ludlow group blog

Architectural Feature: ‘Cardboard Cathedral’ by Shigeru Ban

In February 2011 a terrible earthquake caused relentless damage to the symbolic Christ Church Cathedral in New Zealand. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was commissioned to design a temporary cathedral to quickly restore stability to the devastated community.

Ban is well known around the world for creating temporary structures for communities aggrieved by natural disasters. Since the 1990s he has created homes, schools, churches and shelters in countries including Rwanda, Kobe, Turkey and Haiti.

The Christ Church Cathedral restoration is known as the ‘cardboard cathedral.’ Built from locally produced cardboard and shipping containers, the proposed project would cost around $4 million, take less than six months and could seat 700 people. The design is referred to as ‘temporary’ but its permanence is viable if the community chooses to keep it. It’s estimated time of completion is February 2012 to mark the one-year anniversary of its destruction. The original Christ Church Cathedral holds unprecedented importance to its community. Its restoration becomes a symbol a hope and instills a sense of unity in spite of the devastation. Ban does an incredible job of involving the citizens of Christchurch not only by using local materials, but also by commissioning local artists to add aesthetic beauty to the structure.

Story courtesy of Stuff.co.nz & Photos courtesy of Shigeru Ban Architects
Advertisements

About lexieludlowgroup

The Ludlow Group Blog is an advertising blog where you'll find posts on social media, design, marketing, ad campaigns, photography and architecture

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Information

This entry was posted on December 5, 2011 by in Architecture, Design and tagged , , , , , .

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

CONNECT

The Bloggers

%d bloggers like this: