Yasodhara Ashram Temple of Light
The new Yasodhara Ashram Temple of Light displays elements of symbolism in it’s dome shape and placement of windows, doors and panels. The Yasodhara Ashram made use of simple, local climate-adapted features of the location to minimize the impact on the existing infrastructure and minimize energy use. Natural light is a key medium and defining feature of this project. Light and space optimization have given this Temple a bright, open-concept lay out, with light entering between the structure’s wood-framed, petal-shaped panels and through the crown. The new facility has been built on the concrete foundations of the former building, with all new Mechanical HVAC, Plumbing and Electrical systems. A high performance building envelope, glazing, geothermal systems and photovoltaic arrays account for a projected 108 MJ/m^2/yr or less in energy consumption. Integral Group provided mechanical, electrical and lighting design services to this award-winning project.