Thursday, 17 June 2010

Dip. Studio 3 - A hindu temple Project

Hinduism believes in the Duality of Existence,as the fundamental concept of the religion. Hinduism has a diverse system if thoughts with beliefs in both Pantheism and Panantheism. Where one believes that "God is Whole" and another believes that "The Whole is in God". They believes in multiple truth,instead of individual philosophy. And they are given the freedom to worship whichever deities they believe in, at the same time worshiping the one ultimate supreme being, Brahman, and also the religion as a whole.

The temple adapts the idea of the duality of existence.At one point, the temple act as a gathering space, where the Hindus gather and together they achieve a singular consensus of the religion as a whole. And at one point, the temple act as a space where the devotees find closure, and a direct exclusive contact between them and the deities. Traveling from one space to another, the user experiences a transitional journey, as an individual and as a part of the community. Like two drops of water on water, the wave ripples and interferes each other harmoniously.

The vehicular and pedestrian approach to the site creates an interesting relationship, by placing the temple at the contour. A stop-n-go motion for the vehicular and an extended walkway that leads the pedestrian to the site and into the temple.
Staircase leads the visitor down to the lobby, garland booth/information area can be found on the way.

Main lobby area, an area for community activities and celebration, also a space for the chariot to be placed, partially sheltered by the corridor above. The colorful glass panels on the wall suggests a direction, leading the devotees to the main praying hall.

The main intention of the praying hall is to provide every single devotees the freedom to worship and express towards the specific deity they believes in. As every deity has a specific orientation they faces, a wide centric space is designed where the statues of the deities are placed in the suspended structure in the middle based on their orientation, and every devotees will pray towards the center, directly to the deity, and indirectly to the structure.
In micro the structure acts as an collective statue where the devotees pray to and find exclusive closure.
In macro the structure acts as an icon, a direction, like the Gopuram structure in every hindu temple.

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