Some two years ago, the initial designs for the transition of the former Chrystal Cathedral, the grandaddy of the modern megachurch, into the new Christ Cathedral, the new mother church for Orange, were released. Since that time, a process of revision has happened, largely due to financial constraints.
This month, on September 14, the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, the Diocese of Orange in California unveiled the updated designs for the transformed church. It is shown below.
Below is what the original design looked liked.
Note the use of radial seating in the new designs versus the antiphonal arrangement of the previous designs. This allows for more seating capacity. Also, note the sanctuary has been arranged into a more “standard” form, versus the axial design in the earlier designs. This necessitated the rearrangement of the altar table, ambo, cathedra, and the baldochin.
Perhaps interesting to the readers is the use of technology to provide tours of the cathedral from within the space itself. As the LA Times reports, within the empty shell of the building, there were VR headsets provided to show the guests the renderings of the completed space in 3D and with a 360 degree view.
Below is a video of the new designs.
The cathedral is expected to be dedicated by 2019.
h/t to PTB reader Karl Liam Saur for sending the links about cost constraints and finding the brochure with the new designs.