Sydney Mosque by Lionel Teh Soo Ren
May 23, 2011
Building a contemporary Mosque in Sydney as an antidote to Islamophobia:
The project explores the contemporary issues of Islam in the west and investigates the development of western mosque architecture particularly in Sydney, Australia.
Today, many western mosques are anachronistic to modern times; often fabricated from revivalism or historical eclecticism that struggle to related to a local Western context. Also, many are becoming more liturgical and mono-functional. These impositions impede the assimilation of secular society towards Islam and consequently construct Islamophobia.
The aim of this project is to identify the underlying Islamic essences/principles in mosque architecture. Subsequently, express these principles within a contemporary framework in a secular context; Sydney. The discourse of western mosque architecture is also accompanied by matters of culture, tradition, economy, politics and technology.
The proposed multifunctional Sydney Mosque consists of a prayer hall, a cultural centre, a public park and a retail centre. It will be located within the urban context of Sydney city (Surry Hills). The inter-woven public amenities (park and retails) provide accessibility to both Muslims and non-Muslims in and out of the site. Ultimately, the aim of this project is to dwell on the notion of transparency, redefining religious boundary and redefining the manifestation of Mosque architecture within a secular, contemporary and urban context. Subsequently creating a peaceful platform for a greater assimilation (of Islam in the West) to occur.
submitted on Wed. May 18, 2011
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