Cathedral of the Ascension CA
Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Oakland CA
The design challenge for this project was to develop chapel, parking and an area for future growth for an existing church packed tightly onto a beautiful 5 acre site. The Design of the chapel for 200 seats will gave the parish a place to hold weekly day services and offer more flexibility in scheduling sacraments. A large day- lighted lower level of 3,600 sq. ft. will also provided for future growth. The Chapel design has a gold glass dome that reflects God’s light in the daytime and projects the interior light of the chapel at night copper-colored stainless sheathed walls interspersed with alabaster windows and framed with concrete elements.
The Chapel is a spiritual jewel box by night and day drawing upon materials of the Cathedral built in the early 60’s with some timeless highlights. It contains both infant and adult baptisteries.
The parking pavilion is a four story structure with round columns, reminiscent of the Ancient Greek sites of Delphi and Olympia. The pavilion adds another 20,000 sq. ft. of plaza space to the present veranda with its magnificent view of Oakland and the Bay area. The parking pavilion triples the present parking spaces and provides ample handicap parking stalls, providing 214 additional spaces. A glass elevator and open stairway with views to the Bay brings parishioners and visitors to the Cathedral level. The parking pavilion is designed like a stepped village, with future expansion for additional terrace space and future banquet/meeting and conference facilities.