$ 4 Million Paper Cathedral for Christchurch
A resurrection of a different kind. The earthquake on 22nd February 2011destroyed a nineteenth century cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand. One hundred and eighty five people died in the earthquake.
Rebuilding the church would have cost an astronomical $ 82 million. Regrettably now it has to be demolished. An alternate cathedral for the worshipers of Christchurch will be made of cardboard tubing, concrete floor and some steel and wood. The cathedral will allow 700 people to pray together. The site chosen for this alternate light weight cathedral is St. Latimer’s, a nearby church which was also razed to the ground by the earthquake.
The Japanese architect of emergencies is Shigeru Ban. He has earlier designed log cabins made of paper after an earthquake in Kobe, Japan in 1995 and a paper bridge in the South of France near Pont du Gard.
This cathedral will be his largest venture and the cost will be $4 million. It will be completed by the end of 2012 and will also be a venue for exhibitions, concerts and other social events.
The cathedral which is being called The Transitional Cathedral will shore up the faith of people shaken by the earthquake. A permanent cathedral will be built in the future when the city can afford it.