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TED Talk: The Designer of Chile's Bahá'í Temple Explores Sacred Spaces in a Secular Time

09:30 - 28 April, 2017

In a recent TED Talk, architect Siamak Hariri takes the audience inside his design process for the Bahá'í Temple of South America. Responding to an open call in 2003 to design the last of the faith's continental temples in Santiago, Chile, Hariri recalls a moment as a student at Yale when he learned about the transcendent power of architecture, a moment he tried to recreate in the twelve-year project.

© Asamblea Espiritual Nacional de los Bahá'ís de Chile + Hariri Pontarini Architects © Asamblea Espiritual Nacional de los Bahá'ís de Chile + Hariri Pontarini Architects © Daniela Galdames © Daniela Galdames +5

Bahá’í Temple of South America Wins 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award

06:00 - 6 April, 2017
Bahá’í Temple of South America Wins 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award, © Vanessa Guillen
© Vanessa Guillen

Toronto-based Hariri Pontarini Architects’ Bahá’í Temple of South America has won the 2017 Innovation in Architecture Award presented by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC).

Located in the foothills of the Andes Mountains outside Santiago, Chile, the domed building was designed and built using computer modeling, measuring, and fabrication software, as well as custom glass, all of which culminated in nine monumental veils that frame an open worship space for up to 600 visitors. Completed in 2016, the project took 14 years to realize.

© Justin Ford © Hariri Pontarini Architects © Sebastian Wilson Leon © Ian David +8

University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Jackman Law Building / B+H Architects + Hariri Pontarini Architects

13:00 - 23 November, 2016
University of Toronto Faculty of Law, Jackman Law Building / B+H Architects + Hariri Pontarini Architects, Courtesy of B+H Architects
Courtesy of B+H Architects

Courtesy of B+H Architects               Courtesy of B+H Architects               Courtesy of B+H Architects               Courtesy of B+H Architects               +19

  • Architects

  • Location

    Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S, Canada
  • Executive Architect

    B+H Architects
  • Design Architects

    Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • Area

    16500.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016

Bahá’í Temple / Hariri Pontarini Architects

15:10 - 12 October, 2016
Courtesy of Asamblea Espiritual Nacional de los Bah·'Ìs de Chile + Hariri Pontarini Architects
Courtesy of Asamblea Espiritual Nacional de los Bah·'Ìs de Chile + Hariri Pontarini Architects

© Daniela Galdames © Daniela Galdames © Daniela Galdames © Daniela Galdames +32

  • Architects

  • Location

    Diagonal Las Torres, Penalolen, Region Metropolitana, Chile
  • Architect in Charge

    Siamak Hariri
  • Project Manager

    Doron Meinhard
  • Project Architect

    Justin Ford
  • Area

    1200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

12 Projects Announced as Winners of 2016 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

14:10 - 9 September, 2016
12 Projects Announced as Winners of 2016 AIA Education Facility Design Awards

The American Institute of Architects (AIA)'s Committee on Architecture for Education (CAE) has announced the winners of the 2016 CAE Education Facility Design Awards, which honor educational facilities that “serve as an example of a superb place in which to learn, furthering the client’s mission, goals, and educational program, while demonstrating excellence in architectural design.”

This year's theme was “Visioning and Re-Visioning," which focused on "the ways in which pedagogical innovation and cutting-edge design impact and influence each other." The AIA also notes that education facility design may now be more important than ever, as recent studies have indicated that a positive learning environment can affect a child’s academic progress over a year by as much as 25%.

Find out which projects received awards, after the break.

Jewels of Salzburg / Hariri & Hariri Architecture

05:00 - 3 August, 2016
Jewels of Salzburg / Hariri & Hariri Architecture, © Bryan Reinhart
© Bryan Reinhart

© Bryan Reinhart © Eric Laignel © Eric Laignel © Bryan Reinhart +35

Ontario's Celebration Zone Pavilion / Hariri Pontarini Architects

15:00 - 30 October, 2015
Ontario's Celebration Zone Pavilion / Hariri Pontarini Architects, Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

Courtesy of Tectoniks Courtesy of Tectoniks Courtesy of Tectoniks Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects +23

  • Architects

  • Location

    Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2G8, Canada
  • Designers and Fabricators

  • Area

    1200.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2015

Richard Ivey Building / Hariri Pontarini Architects

11:00 - 21 August, 2015
Richard Ivey Building / Hariri Pontarini Architects, © Nikolas Koenig
© Nikolas Koenig

© Nikolas Koenig © James Brittain © Tom Arban © Nikolas Koenig +27

How Chile's Bahá'í Temple Uses High Technology to Create a Spiritual Space

09:30 - 29 June, 2015
How Chile's Bahá'í Temple Uses High Technology to Create a Spiritual Space, © Bahá’í Temple of South America
© Bahá’í Temple of South America

Now nearing completion just outside SantiagoHariri Pontarini Architects' Bahá'í Temple of South America is currently one of the most significant religious construction projects in the world. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Sacred Structure," Guy Horton relates how - despite being in progress for almost a decade already - the design has changed remarkably little from the initial design sketch, using the latest technology to create a spiritual and emotional space.

For the last few years, in the Andean foothills just outside Santiago, Chile, a mysterious orb-like structure has been slowly rising under construction cranes. The new Bahá’i Temple of South America will be the first of its kind on the continent when it opens in 2016. It has been a historic journey for the Bahá’i faith in this part of the world—Bahá’i first arrived in Chile in 1919—and a patient journey for the architects, engineers, and builders who have brought the temple to life through a decade-long process of innovation.

The engineering firms were key to keeping the integrity of the architectural form. Even in the final stages, Gartner Steel and Glass came up with a new approach that eliminated the sub-frame, saving over $850,000. Image Courtesy of Guy Wenborne It's been over a decade since the architects of South America's first Baha'i Temple sketched out its design. “The shape never changed from what it was on the computer in 2003,” says Doron Meinhard, project manager and associate-in-charge of Hariri Pontarini Architects. Image Courtesy of Guy Wenborne © Bahá’í Temple of South America The interior surface of the nine “sails” (above) is marble, the exterior is cast glass developed by artist Jeff Goodman. He took great care, using lab-grade borosilicate to avoid any thermal stress. SGH then put the material through rigorous testing: subjecting it to freeze and thaw cycles, and submerging it fully in water. Then, because the 2,000 panels on each of the sails are all unique, the seismic load on every single one had to be tested. Image Courtesy of Justin Ford +8

In Progress: Bahá’í Temple of South America / Hariri Pontarini Architects

01:00 - 27 January, 2015
In Progress: Bahá’í Temple of South America / Hariri Pontarini Architects, Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America
Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America
  • Architects

  • Architect in Charge

    Siamak Hariri - Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • Local Architect

    BL Arquitectos
  • Client

    National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Chile, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Canada
  • General Contractor

    Desarrollo y Construcción del Templo Bahá'í para Sudamérica Ltda.
  • Area

    1200.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2016

Nearly four years after the start of its construction, South America’s first Bahá’í temple is beginning to take shape. Designed by Canadian firm Hariri Pontarini Architects, the temple is being constructed at the foothills of the Andes in Santiago, Chile. The building is comprised of “nine translucent wings, rising directly from the ground, and giving the impression of floating over a large reflecting water pool,” describes the project’s website. Each wing is designed like a leaf, with a steel “main stem” and “secondary veins of steel” supporting its cast glass exterior. During the day, the cast glass will filter sunlight into the temple, while at night the temple’s interior lighting will produce a soft glow on the outside.

The structure’s steel columns are now fully self-supported on its concrete foundation, and the steel frames and interior marble panels of each of the nine wings have been completed. In October, the project reached an important milestone as the installation of the cast glass cladding began on the outside of the wings. 

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One Yonge / Hariri Pontarini Architects

01:00 - 2 May, 2013
One Yonge / Hariri Pontarini Architects, Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

Located where the longest street in North America, Yonge Street, meets Lake Ontario, One Yonge will be a truly mixed-use development, re- defining the typical ratio between residential, commercial and retail space within a single city block. This landmark development will comprise six new buildings of varying height with a total of approximately 6.3 million square feet of accommodation including a 40-storey office tower, a 70-storey tower with a hotel and branded residence, and four residential towers surrounding a courtyard with a woonerf-style access. 

Icon: Claridge Homes Proposal / Hariri Pontarini Architects

01:00 - 18 April, 2013
Icon: Claridge Homes Proposal / Hariri Pontarini Architects, Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

Icon: Claridge Homes is set to become Ottawa’s tallest tower at 45-storeys, transforming the cityscape of the country’s capital and setting a new standard for high quality design and smart densification in the city. Designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects, and as part of the area’s revitalization, the development will bring a mix of uses to meet both the existing and future needs of the neighborhood. More images and architects' description after the break.

The Weston Family Learning Centre / Hariri Pontari Architects

01:00 - 2 May, 2012
The Weston Family Learning Centre / Hariri Pontari Architects, © Tom Arban
© Tom Arban

© Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban © Tom Arban +21

Ontario House for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Pavilion / Hariri Pontarini Architects

01:00 - 8 April, 2011
Ontario House for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Pavilion / Hariri Pontarini Architects, © Andrew Doran Photography
© Andrew Doran Photography

© Andrew Doran Photography © Andrew Doran Photography © Andrew Doran Photography © Andrew Doran Photography +6

  • Architects

  • Location

    Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • Architects

    Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • Partner In Charge

    Siamak Hariri
  • Collaborators

    Lord Cultural Resources, Ellis Don Corporation, Nussli Event Construction, Infinite Stage Design, Iredale Group
  • Area

    14600.0 sqm
  • Photographs

In Progress: Faculty of Law, University of Toronto / Hariri Pontarini Architects

17:30 - 5 April, 2011
Photo Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Photo Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

The North American competition-winning design for the renovation and expansion of the historic University of Toronto Faculty of Law responds directly to the client’s ambition to create a law school among the finest in the world. Hariri Pontarini Architects proposed a design that would provide both a physical and visual connection to its surrounding landscape.

Architects: Hariri Pontarini Architects Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada Partner-in-Charge: Siamak Hariri Project Area: 160,000 sqf Photographs: Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

School of Pharmacy / Hariri Pontarini Architects

01:00 - 25 June, 2010
School of Pharmacy / Hariri Pontarini Architects

School of Pharmacy / Hariri Pontarini Architects School of Pharmacy / Hariri Pontarini Architects School of Pharmacy / Hariri Pontarini Architects School of Pharmacy / Hariri Pontarini Architects +13

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kitchener, ON, Canada
  • Architect

    Hariri Pontarini Architects
  • Partner In Charge

    Siamak Hariri
  • Budget

    $36M
  • Area

    0.0 ft2
  • Project Year

    2008

One Bloor / Hariri Pontarini Architects

12:37 - 16 April, 2010
Photo Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects
Photo Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects

Toronto-based architectural firm Hariri Pontarini Architects in collaboration with Great Gulf Homes has recently revelaed the new design for One Bloor, a mixed-use residential condominium tower in Toronto, Canada.

More images and architect’s description after the break.

Ravine Residence / Hariri Pontarini Architects

01:00 - 20 March, 2010
Ravine Residence / Hariri Pontarini Architects, © Ben Rahn/A-Frame
© Ben Rahn/A-Frame

© Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Ben Rahn/A-Frame © Ben Rahn/A-Frame +16