Kapoors Year 9B: Australia and New Zealand travel blog

The Cardboard Cathedral Was A Must-See As Far As I Was Concerned,...

The Exterior Of The Church Is Covered With Translucent Plastic Sheeting To...

When We Arrived At The Front Entrance We Got Out First Glimpse...

If One Didn't Know Better You'd Think These Beams Were Made Of...

We Stepped Inside And We're Immediately Struck By The Beauty Of Shigeru...

I Loved The Way The Beams Met At The Top, With Spaces...

I Turned My Attention To The Furnishings In The Church, Such Unique...

They Appear To Be Made From Multiple Layers Of Laminated Wood

Even The Cross Above The Altar Mirrors The Simple Designs Throughout

This Is One Of The Choir Risers At The Front Of The...

And The Pulpit Blends Right In As Well

The Baptismal Font Is The First Thing I Saw That Varies A...

These Two Pieces Carry The Theme, Everything 'Cardboard' Tubes And Natural Wood

As We Were Leaving I Turned To Notice The Stained-Glass Window Above...

When We Left And Walked Around To The Rear, This Is How...


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BACKGROUND

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.”

KAPOORS ON THE ROAD

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.

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