cardboardcathedral As a child, do you remember using toilet paper rolls to make model spaceships, castles and pretend telescopes?

Well, it seems Japanese architect Shigeru Ban sures does. The renowned designer is using cardboard tubes to replace a church in New Zealand that was damaged beyond repair during an earthquake in 2011.

Ban’s “Transitional Cathedral” for Christchurch, New Zealand is intended to stand for only 10 years – enough time so that a more permanent church replacement can be found. However, according to the above BBC report, Ban hopes his project garners enough enthusiasm so that the structure becomes permanent.

The cardboard tube building was brought to our attention via Architizer, who included the innovation on their roundup of “Architecture to Watch In 2013.” Definitely worth perusing.

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