Here’s a project story I wrote for Archi-Tech Magazine before it went digital, which I still find interesting to revisit. The photos appear to be a bit saturated on the web translation here, but you can still get a great flavor for the project.


The project was initiated by the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS), a global sociospiritual organization that, to its followers, represents the Hindu religion in its purest form. BAPS embarked on a new 30,000-square-foot mandir (temple) in Lilburn, GA.

The building marries ancient design and construction with cutting-edge lighting technology. Built on a 30-acre site, the mandir was designed according to instructions for the construction of religious buildings written into the Sthapitya-shastra–architectural scriptures that are thousands of years old. The finished project features 34,000 hand-carved pieces, 86 decorative ceilings, five shikhars (pinnacles), 116 torans (archways), and 391 pillars.

The lighting design, produced by Dacula, GA-based Stone Mountain Media, required flexible fixtures that could be concealed in very small spaces. The intention was for the lighting to provide aesthetic enhancement and functionality but without being seen. The resulting LED lighting system, consisting of 2,000 LED luminaires, provide a remarkable functional and colorful lighting solution.

Check it out here.