Temple and Community Centre for Hindu Cultural Trust Centre, Hounslow
PRASADA gained planning permission for its design for this temple complex in 2000, and the foundation stone-laying ceremony took place on 19 November that year. Entrance and ancillary facilities were planned in a separate pavilion at the front of the building, with steps leading up to the temple itself, to sit over a partly sunken community hall, treated as a podium. As in traditional Hindu temple architecture, each element, whether functional or ornamental, is seen as a microcosm of the whole. Typified in the complex form of the copper-clad spires, the whole is seen as a combination of shrines and images of shrines, giving a unity which runs from the scale of the building itself to the miniature scale of ornament and detail. A strategy was developed for the continuing enrichment of the building through works of art and craftsmanship, inside and outside. The first phases of construction are now complete and the Laxmi Narayan Temple is now functioning.