Abstract
Temple The Temple of the White Cloud is primarily an iconograph -a symbolic statement intended as a contrapuntal argument to its immediate surroundings. The temple is situated in a dense, banal area of the city. It is flanked on both sides by huge, forbidding, Kafkaesque housing developments. Below is one of the world's busiest and most congested highways, along which pass Detroit's latest fantasies. The park below the temple functions as a barrier to the noise and fumes of the traffic below. The temple provides spiritual amenity in an area where it is lacking. The temple is an air-inflated structure. The result is a huge enclosed space, undefined by columns or corners. The inside space thus begins to take on the qualities of an outdoor space. The attempt has been to create a microcosmic environment within this luminous shell, utilizing the typical architectural program for a synagogue. One can associate about the temple: it is the whale that swallowed Jonah, it is the Tabernacle, it is the white cloud that guided the Israelites across the desert.
Title
Temple
Author
Course
Academic Year
Semester
Spring
Faculty
Problem Type
N/A
Program TypesArchitectural ElementsSite
Queens, New York, United States
Faculty Text
NA
Rights
Creative Commons License

Copyrights to this work are owned by the project author. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License. Third parties may publish and/or use images and texts for non-commercial purposes, provided the author is credited and the work is unaltered.
See All Related Projects / 5 projects