The TSG Foundations focus is on the exploration of a comprehensive spiritual educational program of life enhancement teachings that were written and designed by the internationally recognized scholar, philosopher and author Torkam Saraydarian.

Inspired by her father Torkam’s lifelong work, his daughter Gita Saraydarian continues to operate the foundation and has established a worldwide audience as a creative educator for progressive ideas, transformation and goodwill. The teaching lays the foundation for living a life of integrity and purpose and are universal guides for humanity, and, form the basis of all religious and philosophical thought. At its core the foundation seeks to empower people to unfold their potentials and transform their lives to increase happiness, joy, creativity and abundance in every way.

The foundation’s headquarters is currently located in Cave Creek Arizona where its books, study courses and seminars are distributed and conducted thought out the world.

Our goal is to create a center for spiritual development that merges science and spirituality in the natural world in ways that serve the site and the soul. There are seven principals of spirituality that TSG believes guide humanity. There are seven principals of the Living Building Challenge that guided the architectural design.

Joy | Health and Happiness

Freedom | Equity

Striving | Energy

Service | Water

Righteousness | Materials

Goodness | Place

Beauty | Beauty

Located on an 11-acre parcel in the pristine Sonoran Desert the TSG Foundation site is surrounded by the scenic mountains of north Scottsdale, Carefree and Cave Creek Arizona. This parcel of land was originally master planned to support Eleven, 1-acre lots with custom homes in the 5-7,000 SF size range. The new 13,000 SF TSG project will significantly minimize the development footprint of this site, with a lot coverage of less than 5%. Its 24’ maximum height and low scale will maintain the surrounding view corridors from the homes of bordering neighbors. The building and site are being designed to meet the zoning requirements of a church per City of Scottsdale ordinances.

Access to the site will continue to be from one driveway off Stagecoach Road, relocated to align with the adjacent drive. A meandering desert pavement driveway will welcome visitors to the center and provide selective glimpses of the TSG Foundation as you reach the drop off point. Parking areas are organic in shape and well landscaped to screen them from street view, with an asphalt drive and stabilized decomposed granite or gravelcrete surface to minimize the heat island effect. A pedestrian bridge links the parking areas to the building crossing a shallow desert wash and giving visitors a time for pause and reflection as they approach or leave the building celebrating the aspect of Joy. Bicycle racks are located next to the crossing point of the bridge for best access and convenience.

The Foundation building is infused with a sense of health and wellness that leverages the natural environment by creating meaningful and useful connections to the outdoors. Axially rotated on the site to welcome the southern winter sunlight, northern views to the Carefree Mountains and opportunities for night time star viewing events the Foundation celebrates the environment. Principals of Feng Shui (Fire, Water, Earth and Metal) have been integrated in the design throughout the site and building.

Visitors are welcomed into a large lobby space with access into a modest 3,000 SF Sanctuary space that opens up to the north. This chapel will be open for services and large 50-100-person group events and is surrounded by a rock screen wall creating an interior/exterior garden.

A research library is adjacent to the Sanctuary and gives visitors-controlled access to Torkam’s original manuscripts. A central corridor links these public spaces to the administrative offices on the southwestern side of the building. Walking thru the building filtered light penetrates into the space via large operable glass windows creating a feeling of openness. Book storage and distribution is separated from public areas.

On the exterior we will use regional materials for the harsh desert environment and native to the area. Concrete, Masonry, Rammed Earth, Weathered (non-glare) Zinc panels and steel. Overhangs and screens of recycled composite paperstone are incorporated to protect glazing and preserve the building envelope. The screens act as armatures for desert vines and create a “living” building becoming lusher over time while mitigating the thermal loads.

The interior palette employs natural materials, such as ground concrete with local earth toned aggregate, wood panels, wood flooring and red list chemical free ceiling clouds for acoustic relief. The material selection will create calming biophilic spaces that deinstitutionalize the building and exude a feeling of wellness and hope. Through the building’s passive and active energy strategies the Foundation is striving to be a Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water Certified Building through the Living Building Challenge.

Created By
Jason Hetrick