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Christ Cathedral

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Identification

Christ Cathedral
Crystal Cathedral
130102

Map

Structure in General

church
existing [completed]
glass
curtain wall
modernism

Usages

church (roman catholic)

Facts

  • The supporting structure is a triodetic steel frame. It is engineered to work as a giant chimney, allowing heat to rise out of the building and preventing a greenhouse effect.
  • The building's shape is a four-pointed star, and is larger than the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris.
  • The cathedral is large enough for a congregation of 3,000 people.
  • The cathedral has 10,000 panes of reflective glass, which allows only 8% of outside light into the church. This gives the interior an "underwater" appearance.
  • The cathedral has a carillon tower called the Crean Tower, which has 52 bells.

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Location

12141 Lewis Street
92840
Garden Grove
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

128.00 ft
200.00 ft
460.01 ft
1978
1980

Involved Companies

Philip Johnson

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