Architecture in the service of Ecumenical Solidarity
Each detail of the TGW’s project has its reason for being, connected to the unrestricted ecumenical proposal implicit in it. Each aspect of the construction was meticulously considered. The dimensions and proportions are linked to the number of perfection 7 and also to the number 1. This combination shapes the seven-sided pyramid which is 21 meters high and 28 meters in diameter. At its pinnacle rests a pure crystal stone. The contrasting base of the construction conveys a unique impression that the Temple is floating over the lawn, resembling a still spacecraft.
- Early outlines of the TGW’s project.
The initial project foresaw only a heptagonal pyramid, however, throughout the works and by direct order of the leader of the LBV, several interventions were made which ended up with more than 3 thousand square meters – in all, the Ecumenical Complex (which encompasses the Temple of Good Will and the ParlaMundi) totals more than 11 thousand square meters. In this manner, the project received annexes for the construction of an Art Gallery, the Alziro Zarur Memorial, the Silence Room (later transformed by Paiva Netto into the Egyptian Room), the Noble Hall and the Fountain. Underground gardens were also installed, as well as elevators and ramps to help the access of the handicapped and the elderly to the several levels offered by the complex.
In the opinion of the engineer and architect responsible for the project’s early outlines as well as for its final plans and construction, R. R. Roberto, the contribution of these new environments was: "very important, because with these additions, Paiva Netto changed the face of temples in Brasília and in Brazil for that matter”. And he continues: "The TGW was transformed into an artistic, religious and cultural center without losing sight of its main function: to be a space dedicated to meditation and introspection. The surprising part is that all the propositions put forth by the LBV’s president seemed to be an intrinsic part of the project, for no more than 24 hours later we would find the right solution for each idea. These additions never deformed or deteriorated the original project. Everything complemented each and every other part”.
Since Brasília is a city of modern lines, the engineer considers that the aesthetical concept of the Organization’s Ecumenical Complex harmonizes with the architectural elements of Brazil’s capital city, constituting a valuable addition to modern architecture.
Paiva Netto changed the face of the temples in Brasília and in Brazil. The TGW was transformed into an artistic, religious and cultural center without losing sight of its main function: to be a space dedicated to meditation and introspection.
Dr. R. R. Roberto,
Engineer and Architect.