Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Ground broken for cardboard cathedral

From UPI-

Ground has been broken for a temporary Anglican cathedral in Christchurch, New Zealand, to replace the building damaged in last year's earthquake.

The building designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban has been nicknamed the "cardboard cathedral," because its materials include cardboard tubes, the Wellington (N.Z.) Dominion Post reported. It also includes more conventional materials like steel and glass.

"It's a time of celebration and joy and we are full of hope," Bishop Victoria Matthews said as she sprinkled holy water on the site.

The original cathedral, which was built between 1863 and 1904 and designed by British architect Gilbert Stuart Scott, suffered so much damage in the earthquake that church officials decided to demolish it, arguing building a new cathedral would be less expensive than reconstructing the old one. That decision is being challenged by heritage groups.

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