23 June 2014

Berlin's "House of One"


A mosque, synagogue, and church combined in one building:
An architecture competition has been held and the winner chosen. The striking design is for a brick building with a tall, square central tower. Off the courtyard below will be the houses of worship for the three faiths - the synagogue, the church and the mosque. It is to occupy a prominent site - Petriplatz - in the heart of Berlin...

Can they get on? "We can. That there are people within each group who can't is our problem but you have to start somewhere and that's what we are doing."..

"Each of the singular spaces is designed according to the religious needs, the particularities of each faith," he says. "There are for instance two levels in the mosque and the synagogue but there's only one level in the church. There will be an organ in the church. There are places to wash feet in the mosque."

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