Fodor's Expert Review Transitional "Cardboard" Cathedral
Locals call it the Cardboard Cathedral because it is built largely from 98 cardboard tubes, covered in plastic. The Anglican church's Transitional Cathedral opened in August 2013 to help fill a little of the enormous gap left by the loss of the ChristChurch Cathedral. It can seat 700 and is the largest "emergency structure" to be designed by award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, who gifted the design (right down to its unusual chairs) to Christchurch. The large triangular window at the front contains images from ChristChurch Cathedral's original rose window. Built to last at least 50 years, it has been named by Architectural Digest magazine as one of the world's 10 daring buildings, and it won Shigeru Ban the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2014. This striking venue is also used for functions and community events outside of church hours.