Congratulations belong to those involved with the planning and execution of Christchurch's Cardboard Cathedral, the city's transitional Anglican home. It came about because the the iconic 19th Century built ChristChurch Cathedral is still not the building it once was. The devastating February 2011 earthquake destroyed the spire, part of the tower and inflicted severe structural damage.
Religion can be like theatre – the show must go on – and as with theatrical improvisation, the Anglican answer to the problem was to build a transitional cathedral, made from cardboard. The cathedral was designed by architect Shigeru Ban and it seats 700 people. The materials used in its construction include cardboard tubes, timber and steel. The dedication service was held on 15 August 2013.
As the the late Very Reverend Lynda Paterson (the first female Dean of Christchurch) said in her welcome on the parish website: “Cathedrals usually stand as enduring monuments to human skill and inventiveness, and magnificent pointers to the presence of God among us. Their websites will tell you how they are the oldest, the largest, the tallest or the most significant of their kind. ChristChurch Cathedral is slightly different.”
It certainly is! And as well as being important in its own right as a place of worship, it is representative of the ingenuity, creativity, vision and resilience of the Christchurch community.
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