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Daylight helps to conserve energy while providing dramatic interior effect at Cathedral of Christ the Light, Oakland, CA (2008). Conceived as a wooden vessel contained within a veil of glass, the building relies on prefabricated timbers and interconnecting louvers to provide structural stability and control the entry of daylight.

From Arch Daily: “As its name suggests, the Cathedral draws on the tradition of light as a sacred phenomenon. Through its poetic introduction, indirect daylight ennobles modest materials – primarily wood, glass, and concrete. With the exception of evening activities, the Cathedral is lit entirely by daylight to create an extraordinary level of luminosity. The lightest ecological footprint was always a core design objective. Through the highly innovative use of renewable materials, the building minimizes the use of energy and natural resources.”

photo by Larry Chang


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