Bahá’í House of Worship of South America
Light—and the way it enters one’s heart—inspired the design of the recently built Bahá'í House of Worship. The temple, looking vaguely like a flower about to unfold, sits in Peñalolén, a Santiago
neighborhood in the Andean foothills, and is visible from miles away. Canadian architect Siamak Hariri used cast glass on the exterior and translucent marble within the structure to convey an ethereal sense of transformation. The gardens, conceived as an extension of the temple itself rather than as a park, have areas for visitors to sit and contemplate. Guided tours are available on Sunday mornings or by appointment; people of all faiths are welcome.