Tucked away in the monotony of Orange County is a surprising Modernist collection of buildings. Adjacent to the Crystal Cathedral and a church by Richard Neutra lies Richard Meier's International Center for Possibility Thinking, a visitor's center for the cathedral. The Center features a 300-seat auditorium and a café built into a sunken piazza at the lower level. On the main level, a large atrium artfully brings down natural light through tapered lanterns that also serve as thermal chimneys. As with most of Meier's designs, the pure white interiors do exceptionally well in capturing the natural color of the light through the day. However, the most striking difference in his design this time is his choice to forgo the use of white enameled panels on the exterior. Instead, embossed stainless steel is used, creating a very polished appearance.
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, the same for the Crystal Cathedral.