Religion for Atheists
Noah’s ARKitecture / Book of Copies
At His Majesty’s Pleasure
TemplesIn February 2010, Tom Greenall and Jordan Hodgson were commissioned by the writer and philosopher Alain de Botton to collaborate on a new book entitled ‘Religion for Atheists: A Non-believer’s Guide to the Uses of Religion’.
Following publication of the book, Tom and Jordan have continued to develop proposals for a series of temples through drawings, renderings and models:
Temple to Perspective
Standing 46-metres tall and in the heart of the City of London, the Temple represents the entire history of life on Earth. Each centimetre of its height equates to one million years of life, with a single band of gold - one meter from the gound and no more than a millimetre thick - representing the entire existence of humankind. Inscribed into the exterior of the Temple is an interpretation of the human genome sequence. - a celebration of one of humankind’s greatest achievements, while simultaneously a reminder of our fragility. A visit to the temple is intended to leave one with a renewed sense of perspective.
Temple to Love
Borrowing shamelessly from the Gothic architecture of Strasbourg Cathedral, specifically Erwin von Steinbach’s rose window, and combining it with Apple’s glass-box-modernism, the Temple celebrates the complexity of Love through an architecture of stylistic tension and contradiction.
© Thomas Greenall