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The architects’ intention was to create a modern new look for the church while honoring the original building. The all-glass evangelical church was originally built in 1981, but soon experienced issues with heat and glare. The Diocese of Orange has just announced that the building’s reinvention will be entrusted to architect Johnson Fain, who will focus on architecture and interiors, while Clementi Hale Studios will be in charge of masterplanning and landscape works.

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A new volume will be inserted into the 12-storey building covered with over 10,000 glass panes. Because of performance issues such as heat and glare, the team has decided to cover the existing glass exterior with triangular metal panels called ‘petals’. The path of sun throughout the day is digitally mapped, which enables natural light to reach the interior only under a certain angle. In addition to this, the new cladding system will enable natural ventilation.

+ Johnson Fain

+ Rios Clementi Hale Studios

Via World Architecture News