The Brahm Rishi Kaylaash Dhaam Foundation initiated the realisation of a building for religious and cultural activities of the Hindustani community in Almere, named Shiv Mandir. The project is part of the Homerus district, designed by OMA and currently under execution, in Almere-Poort. In this plan the Shiv Mandir occupies a special position as it is located on one of the corners lots of the new urban centre.

 

The design is based on a number of basic elements of classic Indian Hindu temples, such as a symmetrical layout, a large central space supported by columns, a passageway around this space, and a towering structure above the sacred statues, which is only visible from the outside. Furthermore, the horizontal multi-coloured bands of bricks in the facades also refer to historical examples.

 

A special atmosphere is created in the large sacred space by allowing daylight to enter through windows behind the openwork brick facades. During night-time the interior lighting of the central space makes the exterior resemble a lantern, further emphasizing the special function of this building in its environs.


Click
here for the website of Brahm Rishi Kaylaash Dhaam Foundation.
Click here for the documentary "De architect en de mandir" on OHM TV.

Click here for a publication in the magazine Poort Nieuws.

Click here for a short movie about the Bhoomi Pooja on OHM TV.
Click
here for a short movie about the Bhoomi Pooja on Omroep Flevoland.
Click 
here for an article in Almere Vandaag.

 

Shiv Mandir / Almere / 2012

Realisation

Ongoing

 

Client

Brahm Rishi Kaylaash

Dhaam Foundation

 

Design

Dittmar Bochmann Architecten

 

Project architect

Jan Bochmann

 

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