Cardboard Cathedral, Christchurch

4.1
#1 of 19 in Historic Sites in Christchurch
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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  • This church is simple yet complicated in it's build. The foresight of the architect and the simple architecture holds you in awe. When you read the story behind the post earthquake build you realize t...  more »
  • We only saw this from the bus because it was closed, but it is beautiful in design. The location is easy to get to.  more »
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