Bahá’í House of Worship of South America

Santiago, Chile

Market: Religious


Hariri Pontarini Architects


2018 Engineering Excellence Grand Conceptor Award, American Council of Engineering Companies of Massachusetts
2018 Engineering Excellence Grand Award, American Council of Engineering Companies
2017 Structural Engineering Excellence Shortlist for Construction Innovation, Institution of Structural Engineers
2017 Structural Engineering Excellence Award for Structural Artistry, Institution of Structural Engineers
2017 Innovation in Architecture Award, Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC)
2015 Most Innovative Project Award (less than $100 million), Architectural Engineering Institute
2015 Award of Merit for Architectural Engineering Integration, Architectural Engineering Institute
Baha'i Temple Chile

Designed by Siamak Hariri of Hariri Pontarini Architects, the Chile Baha’i House of Worship sits on a hillside set against the Andes Mountains. At nearly 100 ft high, the temple features nine entrances, welcoming worshipers from all directions. The entrances are highlighted by nine wing-shaped, translucent shields clad with cast glass on the exterior surfaces and marble on interior surfaces. Working with the architect, SGH assisted with the structural design for the exterior and interior cladding components, assemblies and support systems; peer reviewed the seismic base isolation system; and consulted on the waterproofing systems.