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2010 INSTITUTE HONOR AWARDS FOR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE RECIPIENT

Architecture

 

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Interior Architecture

 

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Regional & Urban Design

The Cathedral of Christ the Light

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Notes of Interest

The Diocese challenged the design team to create a building for the ages. As a result, the 1,350-seat sanctuary, with its side chapels, baptistery, health and legal clinics, and dependencies, will honor its religious and civic obligations to the Catholic Diocese and the city for centuries to come.

Through its poetic introduction, indirect daylight ennobles modest materials—primarily wood, glass, and concrete. Triangular aluminum panels form the petal-shaped Alpha Window, which diffuses light 100 feet above the Cathedral’s entrance. The Omega Window resonates with the surrounding structure metaphorically and physically through its experimental use of light, re-imagining a 12th-century depiction of Christ from the façade of Chartres Cathedral in France through over 94,000 pixels cut into the Window’s triangular aluminum panels.

Architect

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Kendall/Heaton Associates, Inc.

Owner

 

Location

Oakland

ADDITIONAL CREDITS

Consultant

Conversion Management Associates, Inc.
The Engineering Enterprise
Claude R. Engle Lighting Consultants
Shen Milsom & Wilke, Inc.

Engineer

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Taylor Engineering

General Contractor

Webcor Builders
Oliver + Co.

Landscape Architect

Peter Walker and Partners

Photo Credit

© Cesar Rubio Photography
© Timothy Hursley
© John Blaustein
© Jane Lee


JURY COMMENTS

The project exhibits some of
the most original rethinking
of architectural enclosure
and form since the gothic
period.

The use of wood humanizes at
grade level with scale and
touch, moving from the
familiar to the ethereal upon
ascension.

The Christian symbolism
within the interior—the cross,
the plan’s form—is handled in
a discreet, sophisticated way.
It gives new life to the institution.


2010 INSTITUTE HONOR AWARDS FOR INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE JURY


Daniel H. Wheeler, FAIA (Chair)
Wheeler Kearns Architects, Inc.
Chicago

David H. Hart, FAIA
Utah Capitol Preservation Board
Salt Lake City

Audrey A. Matlock, AIA
Audrey Matlock, Architect
New York City

Audrey Stokes O'Hagan, AIA
Audrey O’Hagan Architect
Newton, Massachusetts

Clive R. Wilkinson, AIA, RIBA
Clive Wilkinson Architects
West Hollywood, California

 

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