Design: Johnson Fain Architects
Situated in Orange County, California, with a capacity of 3,000 seats, it is one of the largest in North America. The glass Exterior remained as originally designed by Arch. Philip Johnson, whilst the interior has been completely renovated.
“As the new stone floor and lower walls recall the earth, so the glass vault overhead recalls the heavens, Johnson wrote in his executive summary of the renovation project. The redesign of the surfaces addresses acoustics, daylight and night lighting, solar heat transmission and ventilation to ensure optimal performance and comfort of visitors, ” says Johnson.
The architect personally selected the blocks to get more of 18,000 square-foot slabs of Vicenza stone in Grigio Alpi type, cross-cut and honed for the main floors and the steps to the altar.
The installation was carried out by the renowned company Carnevale and Lohr Inc. (Bell Garden CA).