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Crystal Cathedral

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Philip Johnson, John Burgee
location California, Garden Grove
function church, religion
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Affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, the Crystal Cathedral is one of the first mega-churches to appear in the United States. The structure of the building is almost entirely made of space trusses which is used to support nearly 10.000 panes of glass and also serves to diffuse the light entering the building. Due to an increased threat of earthquakes in the region, the glass is affixed to the structure by a silicon glue, rather than by bolts. It is said that it could withstand an 8.0 earthquake. On the northeast side, huge doors (along with operable windows throughout) open daily to allow wind to cool the building. Criticized at the time of opening for offering a view of parked cars, Johnson replied that as people live in their cars all day long why should they be ashamed of them, and asked, "Is God not in the car?".

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Crystal Cathedral
Lewis St. 12141
United States
Project is public!
Opening hours Tours are scheduled from 09.00 till 15:30 Mondays through Saturdays.
How to get there? Take I-5 South into Orange County. Exit at State College Blvd. Stay in the far right lane. Turn right onto The City Drive. Turn right onto Chapman Ave. Turn left onto S. Lewis St. The entrance is the first driveway on the right.
Completion 1980
Main designer, ArchitectPhilip Johnson
ArchitectJohn Burgee
Project ID 2376
Latitude/Longitude 33°47'15N 117°53'56W
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