A postmodern masterpiece, the Crystal Cathedral, was designed by world-renowned architect Philip Johnson and his partner John Burgee and completed in 1981. The cathedral was later purchased by the Archdiocese of Orange county who set out to have the building re-designed. The famous landmark is designed in a four-pointed star pattern and features more than 10,000 panes of glass. The design team for the mass renovation was Johnson Fain (architecture), Rios Clementi Hale (Landscape architecture) and Francis Krahe and Associates (lighting design).
An algorithmically complex series of quatrefoils was designed to re-direct the sunlight, house the electric light, address the acoustics and solar heat transmission. The beautiful array covers the inside glass surfaces and is fastened to the existing truss system. Arranged in various states of openness the quatrefoils modulate the light, reduce glare and create geometric patterns on the cathedral interior.