A famous church in New Zealand that was destroyed in an earthquake last year will be replaced by a cathedral, made of cardboard.
Anglican leaders in the city of ChristChurch say the proposed 82-foot-high cathedral, made of 104 tubes of cardboard, will cost upward of $4.1 million, house 700 people and are expected to stay in place for around 10 years, according to the Associated Press. Concrete and wood will be used to give the cathedral structural support.
“I think this building has the potential to become an icon in its own right,” said church spokesman Rev. Craig Dixon. “I think it will be greatly loved for a long time.”
In last year’s earthquake, the famous ChristChurch Cathedral was destroyed along with much of the city’s downtown. In the disaster, 185 people were killed.
Despite being made of paper, the cathedral will be weatherproof and fire-resistant.
Around two dozen shipping containers will be placed inside the cathedral to be used for offices, kitchen space and storage.