Similarities And Differences Of The Lotus Temple And The Sydney Opera House
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3 March 2017
The Similarities and Differences of the Lotus Temple and the Sydney Opera House The Lotus Temple located in the city of Delhi, India, and the Sydney Opera House, in Sydney, Australia are both examples of modern day architecture. Both of these modern day architectural marvels have many differences, as well as numerous similarities. The Lotus Temple and the Sydney Opera House have similar construction types and outward appearances. However, the two structures having different influences for their construction, were completed by very different means and methods. The architecture of the two structures portrays a huge undertakings in design and construction that characterizes…show more content… This style of construction gives the Lotus Temple the freestyle of form that allows the building to be transformed from rudimentary building blocks like steel and concrete into the form of a towering flower (60). Then, Naharoy goes on to describe the outermost set of nine petals called the “entrance leaves” that open outward and used to form all of the entrances into the temple. Naharoy states that the next set of leaves have, “nine petals called the “outer leaves” (60) and point inward and the entrance and the outer leaves together cover the outer hall of the structure (60). Naharoy documents that the next set of leaves have nine petals called the “inner leaves” (60). Finally, author Dennis Sharp, in the book Twentieth Century Architecture a Visual History (“1986/1987”), states that. “the building represents a geometric lotus flower in bloom, a motif that has a close association with all Indian religions and is considered by many the most beautiful flower in the world” (388).
The way the Lotus temple is built is also very unique. Anil Sarwal states in the Baha’I Faith article An Architectural Marvel, that the temple is constructed by using only the voluntary donations of the Bahá 'ís of India and abroad. Next, Sarwal states that only Bahá 'ís may contribute to the Bahá 'í funds. Finally, in an interview with Joanna Sugden, a freelance reporter for the Wall Street Journal, in the