Building architectural bridges to connect civilizations
Philip Drew’s essay in ArchitectureAU titled “Building architectural bridges to connect civilizations” includes the Punchbowl Mosque in a discussion about how architecture can build architectural bridges between the West and Islam.
Candalepas contrived a dignified approach along the west boundary, leading to the imposing wedge form in which an upper-level window supplies a glimpse of the interior. On the outside, vertical louvres break up the face, while double-tiered highlights cap a dome and slide down the metal roof above. Murcutt’s Australian Islamic Centre spreads itself out across the landscape, its long concrete arm stretching and appealing to the surrounding community. The Punchbowl Mosque is concentrated and introverted – inwardly focused.
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