The design of the temple was inspired by a text from Bahá’u’lláh, the Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, in which He describes what occurs when we allow the divine light to permeate our hearts. He uses the metaphor of a house that is occupied by its legitimate owner. When this occurs ”all the pillars of the dwelling are ashine with His light.”.
o turn this design into reality, the materials were required to not only be translucent, but suited for use in a city like Santiago. After an arduous search, a quarry in Portugal was selected to produce marble, which demonstrated to be ideal to adorn the interior walls of the Temple. For the exterior, a Canadian artisan developed plates from cast borosilicate glass, a material which resists extreme temperatures without cracking.
The gardens surrounding the Temple continue the same patterns and movements of the main building. The task of their design and implementation was entrusted to Juan Grimm, a renowned Chilean landscape architect. Using predominantly native species, Grimm created an environment where the Temple could be approached from different angles— respecting the pace of each visitor— and offering a privileged panoramic view of Santiago and the Andean foothills.