World Trade Center Mosque Design Debuted

This week, Park51 and SOMA Architects released their first renderings of Park 51, the controversial Muslim community center and prayer space in lower Manhattan, near Ground Zero. The drawings show a dramatic 13-story building, that has a facade of interconnected webbing and a white day-lit interior. Park51 will be a $100 million mixed-use cultural and community center and is slated for LEED certification.

The existing structure, which is currently in use by the New York Muslim community as a prayer center, will be knocked down to make way for the new center. The new facility will also be eco-friendly.

Although no details about the facility’s sustainable strategies have been released, it’s clear that daylighting will play a major roll 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.

[via Inhabitat]

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