Show ‘N’ Tell: New Zealand’s cardboard cathedral

Wednesday, August 28, 2019 3:43 pm
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Every Wednesday Mel & Jeziel catch up on the last week and share something they’ve learned in the last 7 days for Show and Tell. Whether it be a mind-blowing moment or a small ah-uhhh moment, they bring it to the family to share what they’ve learnt.

New Zealand's cardboard cathedral

Yep, you read that correctly. New Zealand is home to Shigeru Ban’s cardboard cathedral. In 2011 a major earthquake destroyed the 1984 Anglican Cathedral. With a lifespan of 50 years, the cardboard building is a replacement for NZ’s prized landmarks.

The simple A frame design is made from 98 cardboard tubes, coated waterproof polyurethane and flame retardants while protected by a semi-transparent, polycarbonate roof. Making this one of the safest, earthquake-proof buildings in NZ.

“The strength of the building has nothing to do with the strength of the material.” stated Shigeru Ban, “Even concrete buildings can be destroyed by earthquakes very easily, but paper buildings cannot.” Shigeru Ban has been developing this concept for emergency relief building material since 1986.

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