2016-153 – Independence Temple Mandala

Independence Temple - by www.azahner.com
Independence Temple – by http://www.azahner.com

This week’s MotD theme: Temples

Dedicated in 1994 to peace, reconciliation and healing of the spirit, Community of Christ Independence Temple in Independence, MO, with its striking granite walls and a 300 foot spire on nautilus-like spiral roof of stainless steel, was designed by architect Gyo Obata, of HOK. The roof was produced by Zahner, an internationally acclaimed engineering and fabrication company that specializes in the creation of custom art and architectural systems.

What a stunning building. And what an incredible engineering feat, incorporating the golden ratio on a large scale structure, that is both functional, inspirational and beautiful.

From Zahner about this 1990’s project:

The solution for producing the roof consisting of more than 300 individual panels, each tapered and unique in shape. At the time, HOK used a proprietary software system for their design work, while Zahner was producing it’s work using AutoCAD to augment what was still mostly drafting at the time. Zahner took field measurements of certain defining points of the roof, and radioed them back to the shop, where a custom written AutoCAD script was waiting to divide the roof surface into panels. …Though quite advanced compared to what was available in the industry at the time, if Zahner were to produce the project today, our current technologies would cut the project’s schedule in half.

A side view of the temple with spiral steeple.

Independence Temple - side view
Independence Temple – side view

A view inside the spectacular spiral steeple. AWESOME!

Independence Temple - inside spiral - photo by bob sessions
Independence Temple – inside spiral – photo by bob sessions

View more of Zahner’s projects via their online portfolio.

Inspiration for Today

Today’s MotD echos the intention of the Independence Temple 1994 dedication: peace, reconciliation and healing of the spirit. Find ways today to experience peace, reconcile our hearts, and heal our spirit.

If we need a little jump start, begin with some deep breathing, focusing on our hearts while reciting this mantra, gently and quietly to ourselves:

I Am whole and complete just as I Am

Happy Coloring!

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