(America Records Institute - AMRI) Top Ancient and Modern Wonders of the Americas - P29 - Santiago Bahá'í Temple (Chile): “Hymn” crafted from thousands of pieces of glass


(worldkings.org) The Santiago Baháʼí House of Worship or Santiago Baháʼí Temple is a Baháʼí House of Worship located in Santiago, Chile that opened in 2016. It is circular and composed of nine arched "sails" made from marble and cast glass.

The Bahá'í Temple of South America is located just outside of Santiago, in the foothills of the Andes Mountains. The temple was designed by Canadian architect Siamak Hariri and has won several awards from Canadian and international architecture organizations.



Fourteen years in the making, the project represents the last of eight continental temples commissioned by the religious Bahá'í Community – each meant to embody "technological innovation and architectural excellence".

The building needed to be recognisable as a place of worship without references to specific iconography. "The Bahá'í faith is built on the tenet of universality; therefore, the architectural challenge is to create a design that would be welcoming to people of all faiths and cultures," the architects said.



The resulting design is a sculptural building composed of nine identical, torqued wings. Inside, the temple contains a light-filled space for prayer and meditation that is topped with a central oculus.

The superstructure of the wings was built using hundreds of slim-profile steel members and nodal connections. The cladding materials used in the project were the result of "an intensive investigation into the material qualities that capture, express and embody light".



"A remarkable 1,129 unique pieces of both flat and curved cast-glass pieces were produced and assembled with meticulous care to create each of the nine wings," Hariri Pontarini Architects said.

The interior is sheathed in translucent marble from the Estremoz quarries in Portugal. Flat pieces of stone were produced using a water jet cutter, while curved elements were carved directly from blocks. The building is imbued with a wide range of colours throughout the day, while in the evening, it casts a soft golden glow.

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