Well, work is progressing on the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oakland's new Cathedral of Light. I recently visited it to see for myself. The glass shell appears finished, and the interior is being worked on now. There is a wooden interior structure that appears to have venting to allow tghe flow of air and light. this appears to be in progress, as there is a large scaffold in place throughout much of its soaring interior.
The glass exterior fabric, a sort of curved curtain wall is made of very large sheets, held in place by a metal support structure. The glass also appears to be etched or sandblasted to a an even degree with some sort of hard edged linear abstract design, reminiscent of old computer punchcards with some sort of elongated modernist geometric design. I had to use a zoom to take the pics below, as access is restricted by security fencing for non-workers.
It is shaping up to be a beautiful abstract building... The fact that the floorplan is based on the Vesica Pisces, the fish design made by the meeting of two circles and frequently used as a symbol of Christ, "the fisher of men' makes the building liturgically relevent. This seems to be a quantum leap from architects of the last generation who designed large sacred space more in the line of modernist sculpture than something connected to the actual ritual of the spiritual group using the space. Just witness the imposing, dystopic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, in Los Angeles for example. Although this building is quite sculptural, I do have the feeling that if it were not for its elegant curving shape, it would be mistaken for a corporate style office, at least from the outside.
I dont predict any real historic type of artglass being installed here, as it might detract from the architects vision and its heavy use of frosted plate glass, but anything's posssible. I shall report back on this building as it nears completion sometime in 2008.