London-based designer and University of Westminster architecture student Josh Haywood has designed the Hayam Sun Temple, a stunning temporary pavilion built from lasercut plywood for Burning Man 2014. The annual festival, which attracts some of the most creative and diverse minds from around the world to Nevada's Black Rock Desert, awarded the Moorish-inspired filigree design with the Burning Man Art Grant. Haywood and his fellow architecture and design classmates have also taken to Kickstarter to crowd fund the project’s construction and transportation costs.
Every year, 70,000 people gather in the Nevada desert for the Burning Man Festival, a ten-day event where participants construct a temporary city built around art, music and culture. The Hayam Sun Temple will serve as a meditative and interactive gathering space for Burning Man festivalgoers. Inspired by tessellated Moorish architecture, the temporary art installation is pierced through with intricate geometric cutouts that filter the sun’s rays and cast dramatic shadows onto the desert floor. At night, the Hayam will be illuminated from within like a giant lantern.
Built with plywood laser cut into the intricate patterns of Islamic geometry, each perforated piece will be seamlessly joined together into a curvilinear structure that rests atop four pillars. As a temple to the sun, the pavilion forgoes the trim of precious metals and enamels characteristic of Moorish design and relies instead on the sunrays that will filter through the delicate screen and bathe the temple in a golden halo. Want to help bring the Hayam Sun Temple to life? Check out the Hayam Sun Temple’s Kickstarter where you can pledge your support.
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