The Architectural Paradox: SOM's Oakland Cathedral of Christ the Light by @globalsiteplans

The Architectural Paradox: SOM's Oakland Cathedral of Christ the Light by @globalsiteplans

Oakland, California’s cathedral, Oakland Cathedral of Christ the Light, is the first cathedral built in the 21st century. It has been abstracted into a modern structure still holding to an International style approach. Aside from a glowing, 58 foot tall perforated Romanesque Christ on aluminum panels, the interior is free of the traditional iconography often populating the walls of Catholic churches. The cathedral serves as a symbol of spiritual connectivity through the interaction of light and materiality. A reinforced concrete base holds a 136 foot ascension of glass, wood, and steel. Light passes through the effortless structure, fully illuminating its interior. The manipulation of light within the cathedral is an echo of the European and Gothic cathedrals in which the church used light as a vehicle for awe. A theatrical play of light through elaborate stained glass win...

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