Temple Architect John Patkau
A Vision Evolves: Insights with John Patkau
John Patkau, principal of Patkau Architects, shares his perspective on designing the Temple of Light, which he says will be “the most remarkable thing that we have ever constructed.” He reveals what inspired him and reflects on the unique opportunity as an architect to... Read more »

The Light That Shines
Gem Salsberg, a long-time student, is helping the Ashram create videos and photography of the Temple project. Here she exhibits her photographs of a mystical Temple moment and tells her story. Read more »

The Approach
Photographer Nick Diamond from Spearhead captured the majestic approach to the Ashram and the new Temple of Light overlooking Kootenay Lake. Read more »

The Shape of Things to Come
Construction continues on the Temple of Light as shear walls were attached to the arches. These braced panels form part of the support structure and help define the curved shape of the new design. Read more »

Temple Rises – Primary Structure Complete
We achieved a major milestone today—all eight arches of the Temple's primary structure are now assembled. The remaining four arches were installed today under a brilliant blue sky by a team of dedicated workers from Spearhead Inc. and AHC, who are overseeing construction. Read more »

Temple Rising Begins
Today the first four arches were lifted and assembled to create the primary structure of the Temple! Read more »

Temple Rising Monday
On Monday, November 7, assembly of the primary structure of the Temple will begin! Read more »

Flight of the Light: a temple journey begins
The first pieces of the Temple have arrived at the Ashram! The glulam structural beams and shear wall panels were loaded onto a truck and shipped across Kootenay Lake on the ferry. Read more »

temple of light foundation
Temple Starting to Take Shape
The new Temple of Light is starting to take shape! These photos provide a unique perspective of the emerging form of the new Temple. Read more »

Perspectives on the Temple of Light
Luke Stern, Manager of Design Research at Patkau Architects, sheds some light on the cutting edge techniques used to design and construct the Temple of Light. He explains how unconventional design tools are informing the digital fabrication process to create this geometrically complex structure. Read more »