Found project: Crystal Cathedral


    Project : Crystal Cathedral

    Architect : Johnson, Philip

    Completion: 1980

    Locality : Garden Grove (CA)

    Country : USA

    Building style : Modern architecture (not specified)

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    Description :

    The Crystal Cathedral is a mega church of the TV time, of which the Reform Church tradition of a modest meeting room is at least distant, scale wise taken. Robert H. Schuller and his wife began preaching at the time by renting time from a local Drive-In Theatre. Later on, Richard Neutra designed a church to the area, which had a sidewall that could be opened (1959). The congregation and the popularity continued to grow and, in 1980, the star architect Philip Johnson's Crystal Cathedral started to shine with its over tenths of thousands of mirror glasses. In the picture from inside is emphasized—on the top of the striking structure—the #choir# reminiscent to a rock scene. Hereby a very impressive setting is created to the sermon. Architecture seems to have become a new framework device and the giant screens the new icons.

    Arto Kuorikoski (2007): Reformoitu kirkkoarkkitehtuuri.
    <http://www.teologia.fi/tutkimus/uskonto-ilmiona/569-reformoitua-arkkitehtuuria> Luettu 22.6. 2011.

    Ed. and transl. Katriina Puputti



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