Reinforced Cardboard for Temporary Structures? Here’s One Brilliant Example.April 6, 2017
In 2011, an earthquake severely damaged New Zealand’s second-largest city, Christchurch. Many buildings collapsed or had to be demolished. The one the media chiefly focused on was the Cathedral.
So what’s happened since? Answer: a remarkable piece of forethought and a beautiful temporary building, which was completed in July 2013.
The authorities commissioned a temporary structure with a 20 year lifespan, after which some parts will be re-used in a new, permanent construction. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban was commissioned to design the temporary cathedral, and the result is a simple but beautiful work of art!
Cardboard tubes have been used to create the steeply pitched, 80 foot high triangular roof. The result is a safe and strikingly beautiful area that will seat 700 people – all on a relatively small budget.
Would YOU consider using reinforced cardboard in construction? Why, or why not? We’d like to hear from you.