This May Become the First Truly Flat Church

An artist's rendering of the proposed Cardboard Cathedral

The Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand was destroyed by an earthquake. Since it will take years to rebuild, there’s a cardboard cathedral going up first.

Around 40 people gathered at the cleared demolition site on the fringe of the city’s red zone cordon to hear the official announcement of the city’s $5 million temporary cardboard cathedral.

The Anglican Church today revealed plans for the “transitional” cathedral designed by a top Japanese “paper architect”.

While debate rages over the decision by the Anglican Diocese of Christchurch to demolish the crippled city centre landmark, work will start on the temporary A-frame building in nearby Latimer Square next week.

Constructed with cardboard tubes, timber beams, structural steel, and concrete, it is expected to last 20 years and will become the new place of worship for the city’s St John’s parish, whose church, vicarage and hall had to be demolished after the February 22 shake.

via $5m cardboard cathedral for Chch – National – NZ Herald News.

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  • I had no idea such a thing was even possible. How interesting!

  • T. Webb

    Reminds me of the old hymn, “God of concrete, God of steel”:

    God of concrete, God of steel,
    God of piston and of wheel,
    God of pylon, God of steam,
    God of girder and of beam,
    God of atom, God of mine,
    All the world of power is thine!

  • Mike W

    “it is expected to last 20 years” – unless it rains #smallprint