How the Crystal Cathedral Is Adapting for a New Life Out of the Spotlight

When the Crystal Cathedral was constructed near Los Angeles in 1980, its design was pure Hollywood: designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee for televangelist star Robert Schuller, the design combined traditional elements of church design with features that made it suitable for television broadcasts. However, when Crystal Cathedral Ministries filed for bankruptcy in 2010, the building was passed to a very different tenant, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, who then commissioned Los Angeles-based firm Johnson Fain to adapt the building to be a better fit for the Catholic Church.

A recent article by Mimi Zeiger for Architect Magazine investigates how Johnson Fain are converting the 1980 classic into something more suitable for its new life out of the spotlight—including modulating the light within the vast all-glass structure and rearranging the seating.

Visit Architect Magazine here to find out more about the renovation by Johnson Fain—including a set of renders—or find out more about Philip Johnson's original design for the cathedral via the link below.

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Cite: AD Editorial Team. "How the Crystal Cathedral Is Adapting for a New Life Out of the Spotlight" 28 Dec 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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