Garic Architects

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Temple of Light Prefabrication.

Prefabrication for the Temple of Light is underway. The design uses a unique modular construction system to express complex curvature with conventional engineered lumber.

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A 3D printed model of one of the eight petals reveals the subtle curvature of the designed surface.

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Workers at Spearhead combine sophisticated digital fabrication with highly developed hand skill.

The structure is a combination ribbed vault and integral shell. Between the petals, glue-lam arches (above) form the primary support, but the petals are more than infill, functioning through the sub-modules (below) more like masonry in compression than spanning timber.

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A mock-up of two of the sub-modules being fitted together.

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Two sub-module mock-ups, assembled. All internal structure is composed of straight timber sections.

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Sub-module Assembly Diagram.