Christchurch's cardboard cathedral opens

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Christchurch’s new cardboard cathedral has opened its doors to visitors.
The new cardboard structure uses timber, steel and concrete, alongside cardboard tubes to make the 700 seat structure.
The building is designed to last at least 20 years, and will remain in place while a new permanent cathedral is built.
The cathedral is designed by Shigeru Ban, a Japanese architect who is famous for designing temporary public buildings
There were bitter arguments over the decision to pull down the original cathedral following the earthquakes, but in the end the decision was made to provide a temporary structure while a new cathedral is designed and then built.

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  1. I am so glad they decided to pull down the old cathedral after all this time! I hope the cardboard cathedral is designed to stay standing in the rain!

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