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Cardboard cathedral designer wins top prize

Posted on: March 25, 2014 5:05 PM
SHIGERU BAN: The Japanese architect pictured at the Centre Pompidou-Metz museum in Metz.
Photo Credit: Benoit Tessier
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One of architecture's most prestigious international awards has been given to the man behind Christchurch's cardboard cathedral.

Shigeru Ban was today named the winner of the 2014 Pritzker Architecture Prize.

The 56-year-old Tokyo-born architect is known for his elegant, innovative and resourceful approach to design, as well as his humanitarian efforts.

Ban will be given the distinguished award at a ceremony at Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum on June 13, recognising his work creating community buildings for disaster victims around the world.

Over the last 20 years, he has worked locals, volunteers and students in places hit by natural or man-made disasters to design and construct simple, low-cost and recyclable shelters and buildings.

His projects include Christchurch's cardboard cathedral, built as a temporary replacement for the earthquake-damaged Christ Church Cathedral.

The $5.3 million transitional Anglican cathedral opened to the public last year, incorporating 98 beams encased in cardboard and with seating for up to 700 people.

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