The Cardboard Cathedral

In the centre of Christchurch now lies one of the most internationally recognised building in New Zealand, The Transitional Cathedral or more commonly known as the Cardboard Cathedral, due to the makeup of the structure.

Cardboard Cathedral Christchurch

The Cathedral was designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and was built to symbolise progress being made towards rebuilding the city following its devastating earthquake. The structure is made from recycled wood out of the broken homes of the victims of the earthquake and is the world’s only cathedral made substantially of cardboard. 

As the original Cathedral still lies in ruins, the cardboard cathedral acts as a temporary spiritual headquarters until a permanent replacement can be established.

Photo Credit: Charles Anderson

Photo Credit: Charles Anderson

We're no stranger to cardboard engineering ; whilst a church hasn't come onto the production line just yet, we have built cars, buildings,  jumbo ipods and bows, and various other structures. Jump over to our cardboard engineering page to take a peek.