Cardboard cathedral for earthquake-hit Christchurch, NZ

  • 28 December 2012

A cardboard cathedral is being built in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand, which was hit by a devastating earthquake last year.

It's to replace the gothic church that collapsed in the 6.3 magnitude earthquake in February 2011.

It was the country's worst natural disaster in 80 years, and nearly 200 people died.

The new cathedral will be made of cardboard tubes covered in a waterproof and fireproof coating.

The Japanese architect behind it, Shigeru Ban, specialises in "emergency architecture" - designing buildings which can be put up very quickly in disaster zones.

The cardboard church will hold up to 700 people. City officials hope to use it for up to 10 years, until a more permanent replacement can be built.