Bahá’í temple of South America in Santiago | ITSLIQUID

Bahá’í temple of South America in Santiago

Architecture | August 2, 2013 |

Photo courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

Bahá’í temple of South America in Santiago

The Bahá’í temple of South America by Toronto firm Hariri Pontarini Architects employs both translucent stone and the newest glass technology as the means of generating and manifesting both the physiological and spiritual delights of natural light embodied in architecture.

Photo courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

Born out of an international competition with over 180 entries from 80 countries, the Bahá’í temple of South America is a nine-sided structure with nine entrances that symbolically welcome all people from all directions of the earth to join in prayer and meditation. Its form and materiality break new ground, drawing on the power of light as inspiration. Nine gracefully torqued wings of cast glass and translucent stone billow like sails, projecting a sublime, ethereal luminescence. Visually light, the building is structurally strong.

Photo courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

Situated in a seismic zone, the structure’s innovative engineering accommodates ground movement while flexing under lateral loads. Each wing is formed much like a leaf, whose veins stem from a primary steel structure with secondary branches, thinly veiled, supporting an external and internal skin. This steel superstructure, graciously following the curved form, rests on a concrete substructure, which then bears on seismic isolation pads, separating them from the foundation.

Photo courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

There are approximately 850 individual structural steel members per wing, each a different length, and each requiring a unique nodal connection. The exterior cladding consists of cast glass panels, researched and developed specifically for the project, while the interior is clad with translucent marble.

Photo courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

Set against the stirring background of the Andean mountain range, the new temple is designed to be a crystallizing of light-as-expression, an evanescent structure of translucent marble and glass: a place of pure luminescence.

more. http://www.hariripontarini.com/

Are you an artist, architect, designer? Would you like to be featured on ITSLIQUID platform? Send an e-mail to info@itsliquid.com or fill the form below

RELATED POSTS


Teshima Art Museum

Architecture | October 23, 2021

Uniting the creative visions of artist Rei Naito and architect Ryue Nishizawa, Teshima Art Museum stands on a hill on the island of Teshima overlooking the Seto Inland Sea. The museum, which resembles a water droplet at the moment of landing, is located in the corner of a rice terrace that was restored in collaboration with local residents. Read more


White Cave by 123 architects

Architecture | October 7, 2021

White Cave is a retail and gallery space on the first floor of a building surrounded by skyscrapers in central Beijing. The shop not only sells clothes, but various designer pieces such as furniture and paintings; and has been conceived as a flexible design to accommodate its unique wares, while still being functional. Read more


THE ABRAHAMIC FAMILY HOUSE BY…

Architecture | October 6, 2021

With an underlying concept of Diversity Within Unity, the project brings together a mosque, synagogue and church within a shared public park. The design of each religion's unique and specific worship space evokes the history, traditions, and rituals of the particular religion. Seen together, they form an integrated and unified whole. Read more


SAWA BY MEI ARCHITECTS AND…

Architecture | October 2, 2021

The innovative Rotterdam residential building SAWA has received the Green GOOD DESIGN™ Award 2021. The building was designed by Mei architects and planners on behalf of Nice Developers and ERA Contour. SAWA will be the first 50-meter-high fully wooden residential building in Rotterdam. An exceptional feature of the project is that the building will be built in CLT (cross-laminated timber), including the main supporting structure. Read more


Sign up for our Newsletter.

Enter your email to receive our latest updates!