Prefabrication for the Yasodhara Ashram Temple of Light is underway. The design uses a unique modular construction system to express complex curvature with conventional engineered lumber.
A 3D printed model of one of the eight petals reveals the subtle curvature of the designed surface.
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.
A mock-up of two of the sub-modules being fitted together.
Two sub-module mock-ups, assembled. All internal structure is composed of straight timber sections.
Sub-module Assembly Diagram
To learn more about the design process and thinking behind the Temple of Light, please check out our book, Material Operations!