Cardboard Cathedral Planned In New Zealand

04/16/2012 09:10 am ET | Updated Jun 16, 2012

WELLINGTON, New Zealand — The world's great cathedrals are known for their architectural statements: flying buttresses, soaring domes, Gothic grandeur. Not for their cardboard.

In the city of Christchurch, Anglican leaders are hoping to change that. On Monday, they announced plans to build a soaring 25-meter (82-foot) high cathedral with 104 tubes of cardboard as a temporary replacement for the iconic stone ChristChurch Cathedral, which was destroyed last year in an earthquake that killed 185 people.

The temporary cathedral will cost about 5 million New Zealand dollars ($4.1 million). It will include traditional structural materials like concrete and steel, as well as a polycarbonate roof.

The Rev. Craig Dixon said it will be weatherproof and fire-resistant.