Siamak Hariri’s aesthetic reverence and deep respect for sacred spaces results in works of enduring value
It was only natural that award-winning Canadian builder and developer Great Gulf would partner with world renowned architect Siamak Hariri for the design of its first luxury condominium in Florida, La Clara, slated for completion 2021. Great Gulf is a vertically integrated firm in business since 1975 and has 18 projects under construction in North America; this is its first foray into Florida. Hariri is internationally renowned and feted with 60 major architectural awards.
Among Siamak Harari’s most notable masterpieces is the Bahá’í Temple of South America which he discussed on a TED talk, receiving over 1.8 million views on line. A graduate of Yale School of Architecture, Hariri, age 53, has in his own words, a “profound interest in light, form, site, material, and craft.” In 2003, Siamak answered an open call for the design of the first Bahá’í Temple in South America, a continental temple, an extraordinary milestone for the Bahá’í community. Siamak needed to create a circular sacred space, with 9 sides, 9 entrances and 9 paths to the temple from all directions welcoming people from all faiths and background. With no models to draw from, he asked himself “how do you design sacred space today? How do you define what’s sacred today?” He found his answer in Bahá’í quote which led him to illumination from within. See his TED Talk presentation below.
Siamak Hariri focused on illumination — from the temple’s form, which captures the movement of the sun throughout the day, to the iridescent, luminous stone and glass used to construct it. This same illumination and is the inspiration behind Harari’s design of La Clara.
La Clara– Blending sacred space with community
Like all great communities, La Clara offers the perfect balance between privacy and surroundings.; clarity and luxury. Light, sacred space, clarity and community are evident throughout: La Clara’s deep private balconies face south-east toward the water and over-sized windows are throughout the residences. The flowing spatial interiors, are carried throughout the entertainment room, fitness center and all common areas. Outdoor amenities include swimming pool with cabanas and a dining area.
“La Clara takes great advantage of Hariri’s vision and talent, particularly with regard to the light and vistas in each unit. Great Gulf has supported his vision wholeheartedly, and it has committed to launch as a good neighbor in our community,” said Chris Leavitt, Director of Sales for La Clara.
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