I did this project for my final degree in Wahington University in St. Louis. This hybrid building consists of places of worship of three religion:Judaism, Christian, and Muslim; educational classes; and commercial areas for retails and events. Making places for people from different religion and faith to gather and do activity together becomes the basic reason of this project. This proposal was derived from my concern over how intolerance and xenophobia have been haunting our society, particularly post the 9/11 tragedy.
Through this project, I try to use architecture as a media in reducing misunderstanding and intolerance between people in the society. Financial independence is also a consideration that influenced me to use the mixed-use concept. When global economic crisis hit America in 2007, many places of worships gone through foreclosure due to decrease in funding sources. Mixing different program in this building is an alternative strategy to get fundings for religious activities and community programs within a community.
Status: School Project
Location: Saint Louis, MO, US