cmDesign Atelier were invited to take part in a closed competition to design the regional temple for the Bahai faith in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo. The project involved the master planning of the entire site in addition to all supporting buildings.
The design concept retains the typology required for a Bahai temple, but also draws inspiration from the Kabu people (also known as the Bakuba people) living in the south-eastern democratic republic of Congo between Kasai and Samkuru rivers. The Kuba people are known for their textiles featuring distinctive geometric patterns. Their textile patterns demonstrate a taste for interrupting the expected line; they compose through juxtapositions of sharply differing units and abrupt shifts of form.