[dropcap]S[/dropcap]low. Clap. Look at this thing! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints just released a rendering of the upcoming Brasilia Brazil Temple, and it’s awesome!
If you’re unfamiliar with Brazil’s capital, you might wonder why on earth the Church is building something that looks borderline Googie. Brasilia, however, was master planned in the 1950s to move the capital from Rio de Janeiro to a more central location. The sprawling government campus, as well as other buildings, is a wonderful representation of modernist design, and the Church, as part of its ongoing efforts to make temple architecture more reflective of the region (which is why Layton’s is so boring – zing!) figured this was a great chance to pay homage not only to Brasilia, but to a country that has been fertile ground for the growth of the Church. Hats off to whoever asked for this or to the designers that swayed the temple committee in their favor.
However, the temple, to be located at SGA/Norte Quadra 612 – Lote “C” in Brasilia, won’t sit adjacent to some of Brasilia’s famed buildings. It will be in the northern part of the city, in a more residential area.
Now, onto the specs. The temple will be a single story covering approximately 25,000 square feet, which is actually pretty decent for a building lacking a second level. For reference, a structure like the Sacramento California Temple is about 19,000 square feet. Eagle-eyed readers will also note there’s no statue of the angel Moroni atop the spire, in keeping with an emerging—and as yet unexplained—trend.
The Brasilia Brazil Temple was announced in 2017 and will likely take approximately three years to complete once construction commences. A groundbreaking date has not yet been announced.
Brazil is home to seven operating temples, a temple under construction in Belem, a temple slated for an open house in Rio de Janeiro, and a temple announced in Salvador. Not bad, Brazil. Tudo bem.