Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Power of Paper: Ban Plans Spans in Kiwi Land

Those wacky paper-folding Japanese are at it again!

A Japanese architect is to build a new cathedral in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand out of cardboard as a temporary replacement for the original 1864 Cathedral which was devastated by an earthquake on Feb. 22, 2010.

An article in the Aug. 22, 2011 Telegraph states:
The city has yet to decide on a long-term replacement for the landmark and has commissioned architect Shigeru Ban to create a structure that will be ready by the one-year anniversary of the earthquake and last until the Anglican cathedral can be restored to its original condition. 
Tokyo-based Mr Ban has earned a reputation for his use of cardboard – because it is recyclable and surprisingly strong – for large buildings..
The plan is to build an A-frame out of 86 cardboard tubes, each of which weighs 1,102 lbs., rising to a height of over 78 feet.
It will also incorporate a large stained glass window designed by a local artist, while the dimensions of the entire structure are based on those of the original building.
Mr Ban said the structure will take about three months to erect, seat 700 people and cost just £2 million.
At least Christchurch residents can be grateful that the building won't resemble a giant crane!

The image of the paper cathedral (created by K. Kanekawa and Y.Nakamura) can be found here 

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