Timber-framed pavilions linked by enclosed walkways outline this non-denominational temple advanced by British studio James Gorst Architects in rural Hampshire, UK.
Situated within the village of Rake within the South Downs Nationwide Park, the temple is designed for quiet contemplation and to supply a religious reference to the panorama.
James Gorst Architects was commissioned for the venture by White Eagle Lodge, a multi-denominational religious group, who requested a constructing that might be characterised by “peace and ease” and put sustainability at its core.
The ensuing construction contains a spherical temple, library, prayer chapels and assembly house organized round a courtyard backyard.
“Our goal was to create a steadiness between the panorama, the constructing and the interiors, to type
a coherent and harmonious design that explores the connection between structure and religious context,” mentioned James Gorst Architects Affiliate Steve Wilkinson.
The plan of the temple advanced consists of a sequence of orthogonal pavilions linked by an enclosed walkway. The rooms are organized to create a development between the secular and ritual areas, with the doorway lobby to the east and the principle temple house to the west.
Externally, a restrained palette of timber, mild coloured brick and chalk lime mortar has been used to replicate the Hampshire context. Vertical fins fabricated from Siberian larch and brick set a rhythm to the facades of the constructing.
The glue-laminated timber structural body was fabricated off-site and is expressed internally within the lobby, lecture corridor and cloister resulting in the principle temple.
The rotunda temple is on the coronary heart of the advanced and has entrances dealing with north, south, east and west to welcome guests of all faiths and from all corners of the world.
This double-height house has a pendentive – a vaulted building machine that enables a dome to be positioned over the sq. plan. Pincer home windows run across the high ground, bringing in daylight from all sides.
At floor stage, the inside partitions are completed in uncovered dog-tooth brick, with bespoke ash joinery forming cabinets on the west facet of the temple.
Externally, the architects collaborated with panorama architects McWilliam Studio to create a sequence of gardens and two reflecting swimming pools on the temple’s jap entrance.
“[The] reflecting swimming pools enliven the jap facade and supply a second of pause and meditation, whereas the central courtyard is sized to reflect the inside footprint of the temple,” the studio advised Dezeen.
Based mostly in each London and Suffolk, James Gorst Architects was based in 1981 by James Gorst.
Different locations of worship not too long ago featured on Dezeen embody a Buddhist temple subsequent to the Nice Wall of China and a temple with a curved roof in Tokyo.
Picture by Rory Gardiner.