Quick Take: Shigeru Ban's Cardboard Cathedral via @archrecord

Inspired by the original building, the Cardboard Cathedral is trapezoidal in plan and triangular in section. As the plan narrows, the section soars to its high point of 79 feet near the altar, abstractly evoking the Gothic spirit. Leaning in and up, the architecture’s defining elements are the 98 paper tubes that form the A-shaped roof and sidewalls enclosing the 700-seat nave. Stackable for easy storage, a custom version of Ban’s L-Unit chair rendered in locally available lumber forms the pews. Thanks to polycarbonate sheets shielding the exterior, the interior is filled with soft daylight that filters down between the tubes. While a paper tube crucifix adorns the opaque end wall, a stained glass window wall crowns the entrance opposite it. Echoing the original church’s rose window, Ban’s version is composed of triangular, primary-colored panes. Each one is etched with a ...

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