This project aims to create an explorative, meditative and interactive experience for visitors of the 2014 Burning Man festival, which takes place from the 25th August to 1st September.
This is a gift to the Burning Man community from a group of designers and architectural students from London. The project is partially funded by the Black Rock City LLC (Burning Man) but we need your help to give that gift, in the spirit of the festival.
In this time of world conflict we believe nothing is more important than the bringing together of people as exemplified by the Burning Man community. The Hayam Sun Temple is our contribution to this quest for peace and harmony.
The word ‘Hayam’ is one of many Arabic words for love, specifically passionate love, and this is a project that has been built on passion and love. I believe that all the important things in life should be carried out with passion, whether that be loving, designing, making, or building.
This tessellated temple is the result of a year-long study, exploring the mystique and magic of Moorish architecture and researching the refined geometry and pattern of the Alhambra and the Alcazars. Geometry is the language of the universe and speaks to us all equally. I have experimented with the digitalisation of these geometries in parametric models to generate new and exciting architectural forms.
The Hayam is a temple to sunlight, open to the sky, filtering the sun’s rays through the intricately pierced plywood panels, and throwing dazzling patterns of light in every direction. At night the four pillars are illuminated from within like a giant lantern.
The pavilion references motifs and arabesques traditionally found in Moorish architecture but in itself the Hayam has ties to no religion; it provides a shared spiritual and sensual experience that transcends language and culture.
For those in the UK not already familiar with it, the Burning Man festival is an extraordinary and unique gathering that takes place each year in the harsh and inhospitable Black Rock Desert in Nevada, in the United States. 70,000 people gather to construct a temporary city over a period of three weeks. It lives for ten days and is then removed without trace.
Burning Man has noble aims and a number of guiding principles, which include: Radical Self Expression, Radical Self Reliance, Radical Inclusion, Gifting, Communal Effort and Participation. There is no commercial sponsorship. You can read all about it at: www.burningman.com/whatisburningman/. Those who attend usually find it has a very profound influence on their lives thereafter and many go back year after year.
One of the most important features of Burning Man is the art. Each year magnificent and original installations are constructed on the site for the pleasure, enjoyment, participation and inspiration of all.
The theme of the festival this year is ‘Caravanserai’, and our pavilion shares in all the connotations of that word: travel to exotic parts, adventure and exploration, fusion of cultures, crossing of borders, rest and shelter for weary travellers before they continue on their journey.
We are a group of designers and architecture students from London. Our aim is to produce joyful and spiritual architecture using digital design and fabrication. We are proud and excited to be going to the Burning Man festival in August 2014 to build the Hayam Sun Temple.
The team also includes friends and professionals who are using their personal time and energy to contribute to the project.
We will be grateful for contributions of any and all sizes. You can bring this building to life. We will build it with love and passion and pride, acknowledging the part each one of you has played in bringing it into being.
"If you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life". Frank Lloyd Wright
Your contributions will go towards:
- The large fabrication and material costs. Such intricate designs take a long time to laser cut; this is the biggest cost in getting the project off the ground and where we need the most help so that we can retain the beauty and detail of the design. The curvilinear shapes necessitate a special flexible plywood which is more costly than standard ply.
- Transport costs. The pavilion will be built in four large sections that will be transported individually to site for easy installation. This requires a 24ft truck which is a another significant cost.
- Lighting system. The night time illumination system that will make our project glow and shimmer.
To show our gratitude for your generous pledges we have a series of fantastic Rewards on offer. A lot of thought has gone into designing things of real value that will enable you to feel part of this project, whatever amount you can give.
Laser Cut Cards:
Made in supersoft 100% organic cotton and silkscreen printed in the UK, our T Shirts use water-based inks so they retain their softness across the printed area. Unlike many, our carefully selected printer uses no environmentally damaging processes to discharge print; the process is formaldehyde free and eco-friendly. On the black and charcoal T Shirts the design is therefore not stark white but the natural colour of the cotton itself.
100% organic, climate neutral and ethically made, our T Shirts are manufactured solely using sustainable energy generated from wind and solar power, and produced under fair trade practices with a transparent supply chain that is independently audited by the Fair Wear Foundation.
The bright white and pure black T Shirts have a smooth clean finish, and the vintage cream and vintage charcoal are garment washed and have a slimmer, longer cut. Ladies, feel free to choose a Mens T if you want a bigger one, or a vintage colour.
Choose your design from Hayam Filigree, Hayam Lotus, or Hayam Graduated, and choose your colour and size. This information will be collected from you at the end of the campaign, when we reach our goal!
The Ladies’ Hayam Sweatshirt has a feminine scooped neck and raglan sleeves and is made of 100% certified organic cotton 280gm 3ply Loopback.
The Mens’ Hayam Sweatshirt has a classic crew neck and raglan sleeves and is made of 100% certified organic cotton Brushed 3ply, 280-300gm.
Choose your design from Hayam Filigree or Hayam Lotus, and choose your colour and size.
The Backgammon Box is an individually designed, exquisitely detailed, finely lasered, handcrafted box featuring the intricate geometry of the Hayam Temple, and comes complete with handmade backgammon pieces. The lid forms a chess board when open. A lovely object that you will use and treasure forever.
Risks and challenges
The structure has been created at model size, and a quarter of the temple has been built and tested at full size. It is nevertheless possible that unforeseen complications and problems may arise when making the real thing in the US, which will be a substantial undertaking.
Building in Nevada but coming from England means that even though it is arranged in advance we have to source or acquire absolutely everything we need on arrival: materials, components, the laser-cutting itself, tools and equipment, facilities, transport. This makes it a bigger challenge and in particular shortens the period we have for construction to a very tight time frame, compared to local artists.
Transporting and erecting such a complex and potentially fragile shape without damaging the laser cut panels will be a challenge, also securing it to withstand the high velocity desert winds. We must also maintain the apparent delicacy of the lasered panels whilst ensuring the structure can withstand the active use of the installation by hundreds of participants.
We can do it!
Overfunding will be very helpful!
This is a very ambitious project for a small team with limited resources. Any and all extra funds over our target will be used to secure the success of the project, to upgrade wherever it is feasible, and to explore ways of enabling the beauty of the Hayam to reach a wider audience. We will keep you informed!
If you need to know more you can ask the architect and designer directly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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