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986 - TOUR – Sacred Precincts in the 21st Century

• Jason John Paul Haskins, Assoc. AIA | Associate Architect | Locus Iste / Bercy Chen
• Kenneth Jones, AIA | Miró Rivera Architects
Date: 11/09/2017 | Time: 12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Event Location: MEET AT TOUR DESK
LUHs: 2 | HSW: No |
Capacity: 50
Through October 02: $60.00
Through November 03: $60.00
Onsite November 03: $60.00

Tour Architects
Lake|Flato Architects; Miró Rivera Architects

Sacred precincts extend the religious function of a building into its landscape and draw its surroundings into a transformative ritualization of approach. From temple courts to cathedral plazas, these spaces extend the broader functions of a religious institution’s campus. As the transition and interface between the interior world of devotion and the exterior world, the sacred precinct remains important in 21st-century religious architecture, particularly outside the urban core.

Congregation Agudas Achim — The congregation's buildings, designed by Lake|Flato Architects (2001) form part of the larger Dell Jewish Community Campus which houses three congregations (Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform) and the Jewish Community Center. An eruv further extends the sacred precinct of the campus into the surrounding community. Carefully scaled passageways and courtyards and the changing interplay of light and material define the zones of the Agudas Achim complex. They lead toward the central tent-like sacred space which contains minimal figural imagery, and instead, the material elements of the rituals and the assembled congregation become the focus.

Chinmaya Sundaram — Chinmaya Mission Austin, the local branch of a Hindu spiritual organization, established a new campus in north Austin. The first phase of construction on the new Chinmaya Sundaram, by Miró Rivera Architects (2014) comprises a temple building, with its shrine and assembly hall, and an education/social building with classrooms and kitchen, as well as exterior gathering areas. The temple and its precinct incorporate the sacred geometries of Hindu temple architecture and lead to a contemporary interpretation of a Shikhara, the tapered dome “mountain peak” that surmounts the shrine and centers the entire complex.