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2019 RAIC International Prize: Siamak Hariri on Designing the Bahá’í Temple of South America

This year, the Bahá’í Temple of South America in Santiago, Chile, designed by Hariri Pontarini Architects of Toronto was selected as the winner of the 2019 RAIC International Prize, by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). The prize celebrates a “single work of architecture that is judged to be transformative within its societal context and expressive of the humanistic values of justice, respect, equality, and inclusiveness”.

Bahá’í Temple of South America. Image © Andrés SilvaBahá’í Temple of South America. Image Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini ArchitectsBahá’í Temple of South America. Image Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini ArchitectsBahá’í Temple of South America. Image © Sebastián Wilson León+ 14

Hariri Pontarini Reveal the ROM’s New Terrace and Plaza

The ROM or The Royal Ontario Museum, an art, world culture and natural history gallery in Canada, inaugurated its newest additions, the Helga and Mike Schmidt Performance Terrace and the Reed Family Plaza. Designed by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects (HPA), the latest add-ons create a lively space on the street level.

Rendering of the Reed Family Plaza facing west. Image Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini ArchitectsHelga and Mike Schmidt Performance Terrace rendered view south. Image Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini ArchitectsThe Reed Family Plaza. Image Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini ArchitectsHelga and Mike Schmidt Performance Terrace rendered view north. Image Courtesy of Hariri Pontarini Architects+ 8

Ethereal Riverside Theatre and Garden To Be Canada's Newest Destination

North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company, the Stratford Festival revealed Hariri Pontarini Architects’ design for their new Tom Patterson Theatre at a town hall meeting last month. According to Antoni Cimolino, the Stratford Festival’s Artistic Director, the company desires a new facility that compares to distinguished theatres worldwide.

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

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