Philip Johnson, Crystal Cathedral (1981) 

Home to the massive congregation of preacher Robert Schuller, famous for the Hour of Power television show, the Crystal Cathedral certainly puts the mega in megachurch. Technically a tower of glass, the $18 million structure designed by Philip Johnson utilizes silicon-based glue to hold the 10,000 glass panes in place (it can withstand a 8.0 earthquake). It’s currently being renovated by the Catholic church, which purchased the space after Schuller went bankrupt in 2010.

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I.M. Pei, Luce Memorial Chapel (1963) 

When architect I.M. Pei designed this chapel for Tunghai University in Taiwan, he had to take local conditions, like typhoons and earthquakes, into account. His plan, which, included a curved roof of glazed, diamond-shaped tiles and interior ribs of reinforced concrete that run like ribbons towards the cross mounted on the roof, was an elegant solution to the challenges of the local environment. 

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Di Vece Arquitectos, Capilla del Lago (2010) 

Working on a slightly smaller scale, this waterfront, open-air structure in Michoacán, Mexico, boasts supports that function like a cluster of votives at night.

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