Abrahamic Household Home / Adjaye Associates
Textual content description supplied by the architects. The Abrahamic Household Home is a set of three non secular areas: a mosque, a church, and a synagogue—all of which is able to sit upon a fourth secular area consisting of a Discussion board and raised backyard. The home will function a neighborhood for interfaith dialogue and trade, nurturing the values of peaceable co-existence and acceptance amongst totally different beliefs, nationalities, and cultures. Inside every of the homes of worship, guests can observe non secular providers, take heed to holy scripture, and expertise sacred rituals.
The shape is translated from the three faiths, fastidiously utilizing the lens to outline what is analogous, as opposed to what’s totally different. Via the facility of those revelations, the design emerges as highly effective plutonic types with a transparent geometry: three cubes sitting on a plinth. The narrative of every faith unfolds by means of varied scales—from construction to element—and emerges by means of the weather of creation—water and lightweight. Every chamber sits inside a courtyard with triangular water options designed to chill the physique. Upon getting into every home of worship, gentle bathes guests whereas sizzling air is pulled from the perimeter in direction of the adorned ceilings, tempering the inside. Wrapped in an off-white concrete that deflects the warmth of the solar and references the sand and mountains of the Emirati, every kind is oriented in direction of non secular references while sitting inside a unifying backyard.
The Imam Al-Tayeb Mosque is oriented in direction of Mecca. Mild filters by means of the fragile GRP latticework of the mashrabiya screens, which flow into air whereas sustaining privateness. 4 seamless, monolithic columns symbolize the Islamic notions of stability, order, and fullness and create a vaulting area that orients the guests towards the mihrab. The one totally opaque wall billows to make room for the simplistic stone mihrab, which is bathed within the patterned gentle from the screens.
Alongside two corners of the courtyard are areas for ablution, screened by bronze gates that formally echo the seven arches that break up every façade of the outside kind. Mediating between the weather and privateness, an inverted dome and pyramid ceiling inside a sq. kind signifies the feminine and male ablution.
The His Holiness Francis Church is oriented in direction of the rising solar within the East, together with a forest of columns that composes the shape to permit gentle to enter from the outside. From the courtyard, two uneven columns droop above the doorway symbolizing the testing of religion. A heat wood portal guides you into the congregation area the place Adjaye Associates designed oak pews face in direction of the altar. Impressed by the altar of St Peter’s Basilica, a cover of linear timber components cascades down from the ceiling in a “bathe of ecstatic redemption.” A marble altar, ambo, and tabernacle, in addition to an oak credence desk and three chairs, sit on the sanctuary under the crucifix—a humanoid kind with no indication of race or creed.
A baptistry is situated beside the church, denoted by a conical kind that emerges above the courtyard partitions with scattered small home windows of sunshine emitting for the inside. Inside, an octagonal room homes a baptismal font, which emerges from the bottom in a rough-cut marble kind.
The Moses Ben Maimon Synagogue is oriented in direction of Jerusalem. A sequence of three V-shaped columns amass to create a display between the inside and exterior, referencing the overlapping layers of palm fronds on the sukkah—a construction used throughout Sukkot, the Jewish pageant of shelter. A bronze mesh tent—symbolizing the unique tabernacle— cascades from a skylight within the ceiling and drapes over the congregation. A stone wall envelopes the bottom, from which the ark emerges, and, together with Adjaye Associates designed oak seating that includes the V-shaped motif, faces in direction of the bimah.
The mikveh is situated adjoining to the doorway and consists of limestone partitions. A skylight punctures by means of a textured, monolithic ceiling, permitting gentle from above to enter the intimate area of the mikveh.
The fourth area—not affiliated with any particular faith—will function a Discussion board for all individuals to come back along with the collective ambition to convene spatially, by means of courtyards, a central entrance, a library, an exhibition area, and interpersonally, by means of neighborhood academic and event-based programming. With entry to every chamber’s courtyard, it’s a place of convergence, quite than divergence. A vacation spot in itself, the raised backyard creates a viewing platform to absorb all three non secular constructions, selling a way of concord and interconnectivity while asserting their individualism.
Framed by date palms to represent entrances and punctuated by planters with regional vegetation and water options for cooling, the backyard turns into a climate-moderated area of collective respite. Profound or mundane moments are cultivated all through, encouraging the celebration of collective historical past and collective identification in any respect scales.