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Extract from the architect’s description of the House of Worship in Chile:

bahai_first-marble_construccion_23_07“Nine identical wing-like shells spatially define the house of worship. Each is clad on its exterior with thousands of faceted and shaped custom cast-glass panels and on its interior with computer-cut and carved, translucent marble. The cast glass panels – developed in a four year collaborative research process with Canadian artist Jeff Goodman in combination with the translucent stone, bathe visitors with dappled light.

A slim-profile structural steel frame, comprised of hundreds of individually unique engineered members and nodal connections, rests on a concrete substructure set on seismic isolation pads. The project, expected to be completed in 2016, has already received five architectural awards, including World Architecture News Best Building of the Year in 2010, and a Progressive Architecture Awards Citation in 2007.” Siamak Hariri

Watch the public dedication ceremony live between 15.00 and 16.30 (Irish time) on Thursday, October 13th.

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