Universal House of Justice

Overview

Universal House of Justice Various aspects have combined to make this project a most significant, succesful and satisfying example of modern architecture; an example which shows how a religious ideal or belief can be transformed into a concrete form and which will be a lasting testimony of our productive and qualitative potential for many, many years to come. 
The most obvious difficulties which had to be overcome, and which were overcome brilliantly, were the short time available - a little over two years - in relation to the nature and size of the project, and the necessity to reconcile the need for very fine quality and precision and the subsequent costs with the needs of the client. 
Columns The shaft of each column is made up of three tapered cylindrical block elements with twenty-four shells. The capitel, which is traditionally the decorative part of the column, was made by using a copying pantograph to reproduce the form of the basic sculptured model. The rough form was then worked on by expert stone craftsmen. Thus 58 Corinthian capitals were made, each measuring 162x162x134 cm, complete with beautifully and intricately carved acanthus leaves and volutes. 
Pediments, Cornices and the Dome The construction of these architecural elements, altough they are less visually striking the majestic Corinthian columns, also called for the specific technical skills and solutions, such as the careful checking as to the compatibility of the sectors, the copmatibility of the complex coherence of the various crvatures and tapered sections, and the piantstaking matching of the various tanalities and grains of marble emplyed. 
External Coverings About 3000 cubic metrs (or 10, 500 tons) of blocks of Pentelico Greco marble were used to cover the exterior. This is the same type of marble which was used for the Parthenon in Athens. The building is classical in style, using the Corinthian order; the courtyard, with 58 columns 10, 80 metres high, is dominated by majestic pediments decorated with golden agarics and notches. The entire complex is completed by a marble covered dome.

Project Details
  • .Architect: Arch. Housseine Amanat
  • .Location: Haifa
  • .Marbles used: Pentelico Greco

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