Christchurch, New Zealand -Radio New Zealand reports that polyurethane coated cardboard tubes that will form the structure of a temporary cathedral arrived in Christchurch Tuesday 18 Sept.
The radio station report said that the church is a temporary replacement for the Anglican ChristChurch Cathedral, which as the world saw from news reports at the time, was badly damaged in the February 2011 earthquake. It is now being demolished.
The temporary unit will be built from 180 six-metre-long tubes, coated in polyurethane, joined together in groups of three, with laminated beams inside. The tubes will make up the $5-million building's structure, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban.
Christchurch's cardboard cathedral will be made to meet the building code and will last for at least 50 years, the report added.