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Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rafael Moneo designed the Los Angeles cathedral for the Catholic diocese to reflect light and journey with the largest installation of alabaster windows in the world, faceted architectural concrete walls of up to 130 feet with hundreds of non-repeating angles and a service life of 500 years. In addition to the 64,000-square-foot cathedral building, the project includes a 56,000-square-foot conference center, a 25,000-square-foot mausoleum, clergy residences, and three levels of subterranean parking. The cathedral can seat 3,000 in its pews and accommodate 5,000 in its grand public plaza. To ensure its survival in a major earthquake, the 125 million-pound cathedral building rests on 149 base isolators and 47 sliders; it is the first structurally base-isolated cathedral in the world.
With a devotion to perfection and anticipation of the unexpected, construction was a success and the project has become an integral part of the Los Angeles landscape.
Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles
- Raphael Moneo (Design)
- Leo A. Daly (Architect of Record)
- Top Seismic Project, Applied Technology Council/ENR
- Charles J. Pankow Jr. Award, ACI Southern California