"Cathedral of Christ the Light (#2 Interior)" Architecture Tip by GuthrieColin
Architecture, Oakland: 7 reviews and 22 photos
Inside the Cathedral of Christ the Light it is another story. The large curtain wall spheres are only evident if one is looking for them. Instead the predominant element is the same intersecting sphere idea but with a totally different material.
In fact, nearly every surface in the interior is made from the same material. Clear vertical grain fir both dimensional and glue-laminated timbers are used for the interior structure. There are huge screens of laminated beams that make up the ceiling which certainly account for some of the cost ($190 million) in building the structure.
The light filtration through these screens is a signature feature of this cathedral. Also dealing with light is the floor to ceiling punched aluminum image of Christ just behind the altar.
In every room and element the architects attempted to use some aspect with the CVG fir material. The confessional room features another fir screen and is one of the few places to see the curtain wall exterior; looking up two skylights view between the two shells.
Address: 2121 Harrison Street, Oakland, CA 94612
Phone: 510 832-5057
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