Photo by Daniela Galdames Garcia
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.