TED Talk with Siamak Hariri: How Do You Build a Sacred Space?

In this talk given at the TEDNYC Design Lab, Siamak Hariri shares how in order to design the Baha’i Temple of South America, he focused on illumination — from the temple’s form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it. Join Hariri for a journey through the creative process, as he explores what makes for a sacred experience in a secular world.

Siamak Hariri holds a deep respect for the transformative potential of architecture, specializes in creating works of enduring value, and is a founding partner of Hariri Pontarini Architects. You can read more about Siamak Hariri here.

You can watch a video of the public inauguration of this stunning Baha’i House of Worship here.

To see more beautiful images of the Baha’i Temple of South America, check out these two Baha’i Blog posts called 19 Inspiring Instagram Photos of the Chile Temple and The Baha’i Temple of South America on Instagram (Part II).

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Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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