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Shigeru Ban completes Cardboard Cathedral in Christchurch

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The Cardboard Cathedral by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban opened in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The building was designed as a temporary replacement for the city's former Anglican cathedral, which was destroyed by the earthquake that struck the city in February 2011. With an expected lifespan of around 50 years, it will serve the community until a more permanent cathedral can be constructed.

The building features a triangular profile constructed from 98 equally sized cardboard tubes. These surround a coloured glass window made from tessellating triangles, decorated with images from the original cathedral's rose window.

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IE Paper Pavilion by Shigeru Ban

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Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has completed a temporary pavilion made from cardboard tubes at the IE School of Architecture and Design in Madrid. 

The Paper Pavilion, which was recently inaugurated, is constructed in the university's Serrano garden and will serve as a multi-purpose space for events, meetings, talks and exhibitions.

The project had a restricted budget, so Shigeru Ban designed a system of cardboard roof trusses and columns which were cheap to install and can be easily recycled when the building is eventually dismantled. The tubes were manufactured and waterproofed locally in Spain and were assembled by members of the surrounding community.

The IE School commissioned the pavilion, supported by the Japan Foundation. The opening event was a lecture by Ban entitled "Appropriate Architecture"...

Natalie Curtis's curator insight, March 27, 2013 9:33 AM

Who said cardboard isn't sustainable... never met Sigeru Ban. All he wanted was a quick place to set up and give a lecture. This common ground for architects, students and enthusiasts is cheap, sustainable for what it is, easily recycled and already recycled and has a low impact on the environment because of this... and a low impact on budget. It's a really clever way to set up shop really quick and even looks nice for it's temporary span.