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World Trade Center Mosque and Community Center Design Unveiled

Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On October 1, 2010 @ 2:04 pm In Architecture,Sustainable Building | 4 Comments

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Earlier this week, Park51 [2] and SOMA Architects [3] released their first renderings of what will be Park 51, the controversial Muslim community center and prayer space in lower Manhattan. The drawings reveal a dramatic 13-story building with a facade of interconnected webbing and a bright white, day-lit interior. Park51 will be a $100 million mixed-use cultural and community center and is slated for LEED certification.

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The existing structure, which is currently in use by the New York [5] Muslim community as a prayer center, will be knocked down to make way for the new center. Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf and Sharif El-Gamal are leading the existing prayer center, as well as the new development for the state of the art eco-friendly facility.

Although no details about the facility’s sustainable strategies [6] have been released, it’s clear that daylighting [7] will play a major role in the building’s lighting. The new community and prayer center will also include recreation spaces and fitness facilities, a 500-seat auditorium, a restaurant and culinary school, exhibition space, educational space, a library, reading room, art studios, childcare services, a prayer space and a September 11th memorial. Fundraising for the new center is ongoing.

+ Park51 [8]

+ SOMA Architects [3]

Via Curbed [9]


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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/01/renderings-released-for-park51-mosque-and-community-center/park51-soma-architects-rendering-1c/

[2] Park51: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/23/ground-zero-mosque-set-to-be-1st-leed-certified-mosque-in-country/

[3] SOMA Architects: http://www.soma-architects.com/

[4] Image: http://inhabitat.com/2010/10/01/renderings-released-for-park51-mosque-and-community-center/park51-soma-architects-rendering-3/

[5] New York: http://inhabitat.com../nyc/

[6] sustainable strategies: http://inhabitat.com/2010/08/23/sustainable-building

[7] daylighting: http://inhabitat.com../daylighting

[8] + Park51: http://blog.park51.org/

[9] Curbed: http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2010/09/29/alert_the_media_new_ground_zero_mosque_renderings_unveiled.php

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