For the first time a temple design proposal was presented in a University in New Zealand. Master of Architecture student, Bobby Banerjee, from Unitec presented his design proposal for a contemporary Hindu Temple in Auckland as a part of his final examination. This was the culmination of 2 years of intense research and design development. About 25 people including Auckland temple committee members, academicians, students and architectural professionals attended this event that lasted about an hour. Bobby presented his proposal from 1 to 1.30 pm followed by a round of question and answer sessions not only from the judges but also from the public at large.
The design explores the traditional Temple Planning principles and interprets them in his contemporary Temple design proposal. It is not a duplication of the traditional architectural forms as is usually done today, but a synthesis of the sacred architectural elements used innovatively in NZ conditions. Kalasamvara Das, the Temple president of ISKCON, who has been an integral part of the temple design and construction at Kumeu, found the presentation quite impressive.