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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

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.

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: 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

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.