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Design For Christchurh 'Cardboard Cathedral' Unveiled

UNSPECIFIED - UNDATED: In this handout illustration provided by Christchurch Cathedral, a view of the new cardboard cathedral designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is unveiled on April 22, 2012 by Christchurch Cathedral. The temporary structure, which also uses timber, steel and a concrete base alongside the cardboard tubes, will accommodate 700 patrons while a new permanent cathedral is built. The 2011 Christchurch earthquake destroyed the spire and part of the tower of the original George Gilbert Scott-designed catherdral, leaving only the lower half of the tower standing, and the decision to demolish and rebuild was announced in March this year due to the prohibitive cost of repairing the original. This was estimated to be NZD100 million, compared to the transient cardboard version expected to cost NZD5 million, and to be completed ready for the end 2012. (Illustration by Christchurch Cathedral via Getty Images)

Christchurch's 'Cardboard Cathedral'

After a massive earthquake severely damaged Christchurch Cathedral in 2011, the community has made plans to tear down the 131-year-old building and replace it with a cardboard structure.