India’s New Parametric Temple for Shirdi Sai Baba

The concept of the proposal was to provide a form that is as pure and perfect as possible on earth in colour, texture and philosophy. The proportions and sizing of all aspects of the design rely heavily on the understanding of the “Golden Ratio” and principles of mathematics and origami.

The Shirdi Sai Baba Temple was designed as the epicentre of a 338 Acre Master plan development on a site that had a single Neem Tree. Inspired by the ‘Gode” Neem tree of Shirdi, Maharashtra, the tree formed the start of the design and a series of mathematical progressions resulted in an Agama-shastra (Hindu philosophical doctrine) based plan as the foundation for the design. The Sai Baba temple itself measures 11.11 acres and is designed to be practical, spiritual and experiential.

The main temple structure (the Garbhagriha, the sanctum sanctorum, the innermost sanctuary of a Hindu temple where the primary deity/idol resides), is located at the centre of the project. This structure reinterprets India’s vernacular Architecture in the “Land of Temples”, Tamil Nadu through parametric design to address the client brief asking to use the number 11, owing to their beliefs in numerology and Vastu – a traditional ancient Indian science.

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