|The Lotus Temple at dusk.|
|New Delhi, India--location of The Lotus Temple.|
|Bahai Lotus Temple, architect Fariborz Sabha|
|Bahai Lotus Temple sectional plans. First conceived in 1976, the Lotus Temple was under construction for six years.|
|The Lotus Temple under construction, ca. 1984.|
The interior dome therefore is like a bud consisting of 36 petals and light filters through these inner folds and is diffused throughout the hall. Light enters the hall in the same way as it passes through the inner folds of the lotus petals. The central bud is ringed by three sets of nine petals as they appear in a natural flower--the just-opening petals, the semi-open petals and the completely open petals. The just-opening or inner petals constitute the external dome; the semi-open or outer function as high skylight; the completely open or entrance petals form a canopy over each of the nine entrances.
|Yes, there's a Lego version.|