Built for pilgrims visiting this Jain temple, the design finds inspiration in a philosophy where the worldly is rejected, time and space denounced. It is conceived as a simple and repetitive chant in stone and concrete. A strong opaque service block, three storeys high, brackets two storeys of rooms giving onto courtyards and tied together by a passageway suspended halfway up the building. The linear structure of 24 self-sufficient modules is on axis with the opulent temple: the opaque surfaces face the temple and the views give onto the lake and the hills. It is intended to be suspended in a lake to form perfect geometries in the water.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture