Cardboard Cathedral – Christchurch New Zealand
Glass Façade Digital Printed in a Cathedral in New Zeland
Christchurch’s original Cathedral was severely damaged in an earthquake in 2010, and a second earthquake in 2011 destroyed the original stained-glass rose window. The Transitional Cathedral, designed by Shigeru Ban, was built nearby in 2013. It is nicknamed the “Cardboard Cathedral” due to its extensive use of cardboard tubes in its construction.
The original design called for colored triangles, but with digital printing on glass, so much more could be done. Using photographs of the original rose window, the images were lifted and printed directly onto the glass. Additionally the ability to easily adjust the transparency levels gives the glass a stained glass appearance. The new window pays homage to the past through the use of modern glass printing technology.