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.