27 Mar From Ruins to Diamonds

When disaster strikes, it’s clearly in the way that people manage this tragic event of natural causes, such as an earthquake that we can see how in uniting a community through an event such as this, a design of originality can come into play.

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This is the design of Shigeru Ban Architects, with a vision that most could not truly conceive and some may have had their doubts. As you can see from the end result, that there is no doubt the vision that came for this renewal of holy ground, that it must of come from someone who unquestionably had connections to some higher realm. Not only did they envision the use of reusing shipping containers, they went the extra step to ensure that this was sustainable alternative to your brick and mortar structure.

From the shipping containers that held the unimaginable idea that you could build tubes made of paper, which was used to form an A frame building, and then securing the paper tubes to the sturdy foundation of four, 20ft containers for support. We now have a church that has been erected after the upheaval of mother nature to house over 700 people in its holy nave.

The two foot diameter tubes used to form the A Frame, are purposely spaced leaving a six inch gap, allowing for daylight to filter into the cathedral.

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These architects are geared towards disaster relief projects, their insight and innovative practices should give us the feeling of hope, that as a society we will unite in these valiant efforts to not only support a community that has suffered a great loss, but also allow for the sustainability of the planet to come into play, as we bring in the tools and materials that will allow us to use this type of, “ecological” wisdom, to treat the earth with compassion and reusing the resources available to build with a new and improved method of construction. “Hats off”, to those architects and the people who supported them through this project.

Liz Hryb
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