The Cathedral

DesignerRBB Architects Inc
PrizeHonorable Mention
Entry Description

The building form is inspired by the Bishop headpiece, the Mitre. The structure is clad in a double-wall; the exterior skin is made of parametrically modeled perforated stainless steel; the pattern is inspired by the lace cloth worn by the women to cover their head or mantilla. The inner wall is multi-colored glass, resulting in an ever evolving interior environment as the sun moves. The double-wall is supported by seven steel arches, symbolic of the Seven Sacraments of the Church. Through metaphor and symbolism, the design seeks to create an extraordinary and iconic structure. It will also serve as an architectural destination. The enclosed renderings represent the different experiences: • The early morning • The mid-day as the sun rises • The sunset The last picture represents the exterior building form.

About Designer

Established in 1952, RBB Architects Inc has been a leader in the programming, planning and design of complex institutional facilities for over 60 years. RBB designs an average of over $300 million in construction annually. The firm has successfully completed over 10,000 healthcare, laboratory, higher education and master planning projects throughout the United States and overseas. RBB is a preferred provider for such leading healthcare entities as Dignity Health, St. Joseph Health System, and Providence Health System to name a few. RBB's education experience includes projects at five University of California campuses, multiple California State University campuses, USC and Boise State University, among others. Much of the firm's continued success can be attributed to the continuity of the staff, led by five principals who have all been with the firm for at least 20 years. Senior managers have also been working together for well over 10 years, and all levels of the design staff have expertise in healthcare architecture. The longevity and stability RBB's staff enables this firm to excel in complex, long term projects.