Here’s some of what the Lonely Planet – New Zealand chapter on Christchurch - Canterbury has to say about Cardboard Cathedral:
“In April 2012, plans were announced to build a ‘cardboard cathedral’ designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Located on the corner of Madras and Hereford Sts near Latimer Square, the $5 million construction would seat 700 worshippers.”
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I’d heard and read about the Cardboard Cathedral, but I didn’t really expect it to still be standing, considering what material was used to construct it. Not only was I surprised to find it intact, I was blown away but how beautiful it was.
I make a point of not looking at photographs of places that I intend to visit. I much prefer to be surprised and sometimes startled at what I find when travelling. It’s the joy of discovery that’s been a major motivator all these years, seeing photos in advance is like tearing back the wrapping paper on a present long before the Christmas morning.