Sacred Space Proposal

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2004. Dimensions: Approximate size 220' x 140'.
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This project won an Honorable Mention at an international design competition sponsored by the American Institute of Architects and the United Religions Initiative. It was a collaboration between myself and Carlos A. Rodriguez (Architect), Mozhgan Motamedi (Artist), and Katerina Bardjokas. The competition's premise was "Is genuine interfaith space possible? What might a space designed to accommodate the needs of all faiths look like?" The design was based on the harmonization of two seemingly incongruous shapes: the square and the circle. A symmetrical design was chosen purposefully, even though we were aware that contemporary architects have a distaste for symmetry. We felt that balance would be a key to achieving the versatility that the building's function required, and that all other elements should be focused on the central space, because collectedness and union was the central aim of the building as a whole.

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