India Wonders. The marvelous Lotus Temple was finished in 1986. The architect was Fariborz Sahba and the structural engineer firm was Flint and Neill. It’s located in New Delhi and it is a Bahá’í House of Worship.
In my opinion, it’s one of the most wonderful buildings of India (and we are speaking about a huge country full of incredible palaces, temples, gardens and landscapes). It was designed in Expressionist style and under the precepts of that peaceful religion and way of thinking called Bahai.
In a Bahai temple everybody can pray, it doesn’t matter religion or beliefs. It’s an ecumenical pray to reach peace all around the world, embodying the principle of unity in diversity.
Abdu’l-Bahá (1844-1921) wrote about the main characteristics of a Bahai place of worship and of course, Lotus Temple has them. Building plan is central and has nine sides. In fact and inspired by the lotus flower, its design is composed of 27 marble clad petals arranged in groups of three to form nine sides., the design is composed of 27 large marble petals arranged in groups of three to form nine sides.
Some awards of Lotus Temple:
1989: Lotus Temple received an award from the Maharashtra-India Chapter of the American Concrete Institute.
2000: One of 100 canonical works of the 20th century by Architectural Society of China.
2000, “GlobArt Academy 2000” to the architect Fariborz Sahba by GlobArt Academy in Vienna, Austria.
Definitely, Lotus temple is a reference for the architecture of the 20th century. If you have the chance, visit it. It’s worth.
Enjoy your day, Yareah friends. Art is everywhere and up to you!
Video: Jewel in the Lotus. Enjoy the extraordinary story of one the outstanding architectural realizations of the 20th century, the Baha’i House of Worship in New Delhi, India.