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AD Classics: The Crystal Cathedral / Philip Johnson

01:00 - 6 November, 2013
AD Classics: The Crystal Cathedral  / Philip Johnson, © Flickr user Amir Nejad
© Flickr user Amir Nejad

The Crystal Cathedral was designed as a religious theater of sorts, acting as both television studio and stage to a congregation of 3,000. It was commissioned by renowned televangelist Robert Schuller and completed in 1980 near Los Angeles, California. Philip Johnson and John Burgee devised the glass enclosure in response to Schuller’s request that the church be open to the "sky and the surrounding world."

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