Baha’i House of Worship Concept for 2117 AD / 274 BE
October 22, 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Baha’u’llah, Prophet-Founder of the Baha’i Faith. The commemoration of this event is a major milestone for the Baha’i world community of which I am a member. My contribution to the commemoration activities is a conceptual design for a Baha’i House of Worship set in 2117 AD. In the Baha’i calendar, the year will be 274 BE (Baha’i Era). The design is inspired by the Baha’i House of Worship near Stuttgart, Germany: http://bahaiblog.net/site/2016/06/10-gorgeous-photos-inside-bahai-temple-germany/. The perforated pattern covering much of my conceptual design as based on an illustration by the 20th century Persian Baha’i architect Ehsan S. Saeian.
Serenity Temple is my conceptual design for a local Baha’i House of Worship. It is inspired by the various Baha’i Houses of Worship built around the world. These religious structures are designed around a few simple guidelines; they are all nine-sided, have some sort of dome, and are placed in a garden setting. Eventually, they are supposed to be surrounded by buildings devoted to the educational, medical, and social service needs of the communities they are placed in. The first version of Serenity Temple was created in 2003 using the 3D modeling program TrueSpace. A revised version modelled using the 3D modeling program Rhino was started in 2013 but never finished.
Radiance Village started out as my version of Babel-IIB, my favorite arcology design of Italian architect Paolo Soleri, as presented in his book: Arcology: The City in the Image of Man. That initial design was an enormous structure at about 1000 meters high. I then scaled back my design to a 75-story tower more like an environmentally friendly skyscraper than an arcology. Finally, I decided to recast Radiance Village as a building I would actually feel comfortable living in. The resulting design is a 20-story high structure with urban farming located in the three main hanging tiers. The building is covered in solar-panel paint, a product already under development and is surrounded by a ring of windmills. I believe something like Radiance Village could be built in the late 21st or early 22nd century. To convey that hope, I have replaced traditional ground vehicles with hovercraft of various kinds to supplement the magnetic-levitation trains that provide public transport.
New Unity Community Center
The New Unity Community Center was my only major project done using SketchUp. It is a structure inspired by Baha’i Houses of Worship. It is a conceptual design for a local Baha’i center. The New Unity Community Center is the kind of building I would like to visit on a regular basis. The purpose of this project is to develop my skills with SketchUp 7 and its various modes of sketch rendering.