Designing A Cathedral For The Centuries

The Cathedral of Christ the Light is 360 degrees of stunning design.

1. Damage to the former St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Oakland, California caused by the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 gave rise to this new design

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2. Designers modeled the cathedral entirely in 3-D, then in laser cut wood models.

Using software such as AutoCAD, Autodesk 3ds Max and others, the designers at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP created 3-D models of the cathedral before building even began.

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3. The interior shell is a lattice made of Douglas fir wood

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4. Designers explored the effects of light on the interior through 3-D modeling

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5. Here’s a look at the final rendering of this divine cathedral bathed in natural light

The Cathedral Of Christ The Light was fully completed in 2008, click here for more information.

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