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

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

The 1,200 square meter temple will have two prayer and meditation areas: a central area under the dome with seating for 600 people, and nine alcoves built into a wooden mezzanine circling the building’s interior. Six hectares of gardens will also surround the temple.

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Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America

Due to Chile’s seismic activity, the building is built over elastomeric seismic isolators and is designed to absorb ground movements.

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Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America
Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America
Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America

The temple uses traditional craftsmanship materials, complementing the cast glass and steel with stone flooring and the wooden mezzanine. 

Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America
Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America

Currently there are seven Bahá’í temples located around the world, including Fariborz Sahba’s Lotus Temple in New Delhi, India.

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Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America
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Courtesy of Bahá’í Temple of South America

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Cite: Katie Watkins. "In Progress: Bahá’í Temple of South America / Hariri Pontarini Architects" 27 Jan 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/576771/in-progress-baha-i-temple-of-south-america-hariri-pontari-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884
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