Bahá'í Temple of South America Takes Shape

John Hill
28. January 2015
All construction photos: National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Chile

Hariri Pontarini Architects' competition-winning design for a temple for the National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of Chile is under construction on the outskirts of Santiago.

Hariri Pontarini Architects' design consists of nine wing-like shells that are covered in custom glass panels on the outside and translucent marble panels on the inside, with the goal of admitting filtered daylight during the day and glowing like a lantern at night. The beautiful project is being thoroughly documented by the client on their website; here we highlight a few recent photos of the construction process. The temple is expected to be completed in 2016.

Model by Hariri Pontarini Architects
The temple overlooks Santiago to the west
The exterior is clad in custom glass panels
Lifting a faceted piece of glass into place
The nine "wings" meet at the central oculus
The translucent marble inside the temple
Installing the oculus
These construction workers give a sense of the building's size

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