A Contemporary Retake on Temple Architecture

Temple | Hulikal

The conceptual design for a modern-day temple in Hulikal, Karnataka, infuses a traditional religious space with the spirit of innovation and experimentation. The temple’s spire rises in the middle of lush greenery, creating an identifiable point in the skyline in contrast to the ancient temples of the village that are hidden due to the green cover. The monumental structure is designed to be visible from most points in the vicinity, drawing devotees, visitors, and tourists to an experience of peaceful introspection. The tapering form of the spire, placed at the end of a ritualistic pool, is an extension of the ghat surrounding it. Evocative of traditional temple ponds found in southern India, the pool frames picturesque views of the temple spire, reflecting the changing hues of the sky above.