Radiolaria are microscopic uni-cellular organisms that form colonies of thousands of individuals. They are marine creatures that have lived on earth for 259 million years.

Burning Man is an annual event at Black Rock City , a temporary city erected in the Black Rock Desert of northwest Nevada, US. This site used to be part of one of the largest lakes in America 12,700 years ago, called Lake Lahontan. But climate change led to a gradual desiccation of the lake. If we looked deep in the sub-soil of Black Rock desert, we would be able to find fossils of these highly structured and beautiful creatures even today.

Radiolaria, our temple proposal, is a celebration of the first living structures on site. It’s a reminder of how ephemeral our existence and passage through the earth / life is full of conscience and community, based on the simple concept of coexistence. The temple offers us the opportunity to connect with our roots and our ancestral energy. Unlike most of the temples that connect us to the cosmos, ours also reminds us of the importance of our connection with the earth, with the life that once lived in this place, with our past.


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Positioning of The Temple and its spherical elements connect to major locations and main points in Black Rock City. The geometrical setup of the temple follows the hourly division of Black Rock City


1. Particles

The concept starts as a group of individual elements


2. Single body

They undergo, just like radiolaria, a metamorphosis from a single element to a complex structure as they start living in symbiosis with eachother.


3. Dome Structure

A structure of domes emerges from the ground. The altar generates an upward movement to the oculus of the main dome, representing the connection between the cosmos and the earth.


4. Hexagon skin

Geometry with tridimensional framework of hexagons.



Axonometrical diagrams representing the circulation through the permeable entrance domes. They function as filter inbetween the sacred temple interior and the rough surroundings.