The structure, made from 14 American hard maple panels, was created offsite and brought to the temple for erection and assembly. “When we received the drawings we realised pretty quickly that it would be better to create the dome with our technology and facility here than onsite” said Roger Jones. “We completely redesigned the ceiling structure and created a model to demonstrate how it would work, and look”.
Architects, Archoffice had specified American hard maple for the dome which was supplied by timber specialists, Timspec. Brendan Rawson from the Auckland based practice said, “The colour and grain were the main draw. We also liked the consistency. As light would be fired into the dome a light, consistent grain and timber was critical – inconsistencies and variation would be distractingly obvious”.