Newly Released Photos of Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral in New Zealand

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Shigeru Ban’s Cathedral is officially open to the public, just over two years after the crippling 6.3 magnitude earthquake ravished the New Zealand town of . With an expected lifespan of 50 years, the temporary cathedral will serve as a replacement for the city’s iconic 1864 Anglican cathedral – one of ’s most prized landmarks – until a more permanent structure is built. 

Ngunguru House / Tennent + Brown Architects

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Architects: Tennent + Brown Architects
Location: Ngunguru, Northland,
Project Team: Hugh Tennent, Neil Drummond
Area: 260 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Paul McCredie

Lower Hatea Crossing / Knight Architects

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Location: Whangarei,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Patrick Reynolds

ASB Sports Centre / Tennent + Brown Architects

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Architects: Tennent + Brown Architects
Location: Kilbirnie, , New Zealand
Project Manager: Sinclair Knight Merz, Davis Langdon
Photographs: Paul McCredie

Cook Strait House / Tennent + Brown Architects

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Architects: Tennent + Brown Architects
Location: , , New Zealand
Project Team: Hugh Tennent, Sharon Jansen, Brenda Solon, Nick Ray
Area: 401 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Paul McCredie

Nga Purapura / Tennent + Brown

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Architects: Tennent + Brown
Location: Ōtaki,
Area: 3000.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Paul McCredie

Waiwhero Farm House / Tennent + Brown

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Architects: Tennent + Brown
Location: Upper Moutere,
Engineer: Romulus
Landscape Architects: Wraight and Associates
Photographs: Jason Frank Rothenberg

Mana Tamariki / Tennent + Brown

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Architects: Tennent + Brown
Location: ,
Engineer: MWH
Area: 260 sqm
Photographs: Paul McCredie

New Urban Village Proposal / Zotov & Co

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Almost demolished after the earthquake in 2011, center was required a renovation. The challenge for architects Zotov & Co was to recall a livable city center. After asking the question of what is needed to be happy, the architects chose nature and communication as the foundation of their concept. The center for the quarter an island covered, dense forest which concentrates all social activity. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Porotu Bach / Studio MWA

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Architects: Studio MWA
Location: Bay of Many Coves,
Author: Davor Mikulcic Dipl. Eng. Arch. (Sarajevo) RAIA, ANZIA
Project Team: Michael Maddern and Davor Mikulcic
Structural Engineer: Meyers & Associates Ltd
Area: 4,611 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Studio MWA

AD Round Up: Architecture in New Zealand

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For today’s Round Up we have our first selection of previous featured projects in the amazing . The main image belongs to Crosson Clarke Carnachan’ s Whangapoua an excellent example of small, functional and simple architecture. Don’t miss the Victoria Square  by Architectus or the MOTAT Aviation Display Hall a great wooden structure building designed by Studio Pacific Architecture. Finally, you must check out the Salamanca House by  and the stunning Yellow Treehouse Restaurant  designed by Pacific Environments.

Shigeru Ban’s Cardboard Cathedral Underway in New Zealand

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Shigeru Ban just can’t get enough of paper tubes. The Japanese architect, renowned for his design of structures that can be quickly and inexpensively erected in disaster zones, is at it again in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, which was hit hard by a devastating earthquake last February. The earthquake of magnitude 6.3 killed over 200 people and inflicted irreparable damage on the city’s iconic gothic cathedral of 132 years. The cathedral was a copy of one in Oxford, England, and was one of the most famous landmarks of the Christchurch, pictured on postcards, souvenirs and tea towels.

A pioneer in so-called “emergency architecture,” Shigeru Ban has begun construction on a highly anticipated, unique replacement: a simple A-frame structure composed of paper tubes of equal length and 20 foot containers. The tubes will be coated with waterproof polyurethane and flame retardants that the architect has been developing since 1986 – years before environmental friendliness and the use of inexpensive were even a concern in architecture.

Read more about Ban’s visionary Cathedral after the break…

Nikau House / Strachan Group Architects

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Architects: Strachan Group Architects
Location: Parnell,
Architect In Charge:
Design Team: Dave Strachan, Pat de Pont, Jessica Knight
Engineer: Thorne Dwyer Structures
Builder: Dave McGillivray
Area: 230.0 sqm
Photographs: Jackie Meiring

Waiatarua House / Hamish Monk Architecture

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Architects: Hamish Monk Architecture
Location: , New Zealand
Contractor: McGillivray Builders
Sub Consultants: Assemble ltd
Structural Engineer: Blueprint Consulting Engineers
Geotechnical Engineer: Engineering Design Consultants
Area: 225 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Mark Smith

Seaview House / Parsonson Architects

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Architects: Parsonson Architects
Location: , New Zealand
Year: 2011
Photographs: Paul McCredie

Thomson Cottage Renovations and Addition / Bonnifait + Giesen

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Architects: Bonnifait + Giesen
Location: , New Zealand
Main Contractor: Dave Fabish Builders
Structural Engineering: Spencer Holmes Engineers
Client: Jeremy Thomson
Year: 2012
Photographs: Russell Kleyn

City House / Architex

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Architects: Architex
Location: ,
Site Area: 400 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Simon Devitt

New Shoots Childrens Centre / Collingridge and Smith Architects

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Architects: Collingridge and Smith Architects
Location: , Bay of Plenty,
Architect In Charge: Phil Smith
Design Team: Phil Smith, Graham Collingridge, Grayson Wanda, Chloe Pratt
Area: 650 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of Collingridge and Smith Architects