This Canadian architecture firm has created a light-filled spiritual retreat at the foot of the Andes

The new Bahá'í Temple of South America has been called "embodied light," and you can see it from the inside this October.

The new Bahá'í Temple of South America has been called "embodied light"

This light-filled fantastical creation is a new Bahá'i temple for Santiago, Chile

6 years ago
Duration 3:50
A translucent dome filled with light from within was the dream for Toronto's Hariri Pontarini Architects, when they designed a new Bahá'i temple.

Last November, producer Sarah Keenlyside told you about the new Bahá'í temple just outside of Santiago, Chile that's been the product of well over ten years of vision, planning and construction. La Casa de Adoración Bahá'í de Sudamérica is the creation of Toronto's Hariri Pontarini Architects — and this autumn, it will be open to the public.

In this video directed by Keenlyside, get a preview of how light is the driving force behind this impossible-looking construction of glass, steel and stone, and you'll find out why that light was so important to Hariri Pontarini's conception of a new temple in the Bahá'í faith.

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