Yasodhara Ashram Temple of Light,
Kootenay Bay B.C.

Client

Yasodhara Ashram

location

Kootenay Bay B.C.

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Part of a lifelong vision of Swami Sivananda Radha, the Temple of Light is a sanctuary at Yasodhara Ashram in Kootenay Bay, BC. It is a centralized, calm and light-filled space with eight doorways that symbolize a welcoming gesture to all spiritual traditions of the world. Construction on the original Temple began in 1965. It took almost thirty years to complete and, sadly, was destroyed by fire in 2014. While it stood, it was an important center for the Ashram, the local community and an international base of students and teachers.

In an effort to renew and refresh the founding vision, a new Temple has been erected on the very site of the original. The existing concrete foundation, which was undamaged by the fire, has been reused allowing conservation of material and minimal disruption to the immediate ecosystem. The rebuilt Temple aims to embody the principles of the original vision and is composed of a primary reflection space (2,000 sq. ft.) constructed from eight identical petal-like prefabricated timber panels, as well as an adjacent single-storey auxiliary space (1,500 sq. ft.) containing a lobby and support services. The eight fluid petal-like vaults will be fabricated off-site in controlled conditions and then assembled as a kit on the existing foundation, which will facilitate high quality construction and achieve a high standard of energy efficiency and sustainability.

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