Philip Johnson’s Crystal Cathedral Born Again

© Flickr CC User Amir Nejad

Johnson Fain and Rios Clementi Hale Studios have been selected to transform Philip Johnson’s 1981 Crystal Cathedral, originally a Protestant mega-church, to make it more in keeping with its new, Catholic identity.

The Cathedral, which had filed for bankruptcy in October 2010, was bought in early 2012 by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. Earlier this month, the architects were chosen for the will focus on the interior, while Rios Clementi Hale Studios will oversee the masterplan of its 34-acre campus.

Smith-Clementi Residence / Rios Clementi Hale Studios

© Undine Pröhl

Architects: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Location: , CA, USA
Rch Studios Team: Frank Clementi, AIA, principal; Julie Smith-Clementi, IDSA, principal; Huay Wee, architect, senior associate; Anthony Anderson, architect; Carolyn Sumida, landscape architect; Claudia Morello, designer
Area: 2,200 sqft
Year: 2013
Photographs: Undine Pröhl

Hollywood and Vine Metro Portal and Plaza / Rios Clementi Hale Studios

© Tom Bonner

Set just east of the iconic intersection of and Vine, the Metro Portal and Plaza situates itself on a highly trafficked block on one of the world’s most famous stretches of urban streetscape.

Rios Clementi Hale Studios was commissioned to create a covered entryway for an existing Metro subway stop, and an engaging plaza surrounding it.  Bordered on three sides by a multi-use project, the entry canopy and adjacent common areas artfully merge into the ground plane of Hollywood Boulevard, serving as a pedestrian threshold and grand “front door” for the elegant W Hollywood Hotel and W Residences—which rise up just behind—and a gracious arrival point for Metro Red Line riders.  After the break you will find more photographs and detail text about the Metro Portal and Plaza.

Architects: Rios Clementi Hale Studios
Location: Hollywood, California,
Design Team: Frank Clementi, AIA, AIGA, Mark Rios, FAIA, FASLA, Samantha Harris, ASLA, LEED AP, Jon Black, Tanya Patsaouras, Therese Kelly, Claudia Morello
W Hotel Architect/Executive Portal and Plaza Architect: HKS
Developer: Gatehouse Capital; HEI Hospitality Fund
Contractor: Webcor
W Hotel and Station Hollywood Interior Design: Design Studio Ltd.
Signage: Sussman/Prejza
Lighting: Kaplan Gehring McCarroll Architectural Lighting
Client: Gatehouse Capital; Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority
Project Area: 14,800 sqf (including W Station Hollywood lounge)
Project Year: 2010
Photographs: Tom Bonner