Interfaith prayer building may rise from Berlin ruins

This is an interesting project. I admit to having doubts as to whether it will lead to increased personal interaction between the people of different faiths. However, the three religious leaders involved have been leading interfaith prayer for a couple years, so they must know how the their congregations will respond to a shared building.

Quoting from the news article:

*At a church near Berlin’s bustling Alexanderplatz, an evangelical pastor, a rabbi and an imam have conducted interfaith services on special occasions for the past two years. Now they plan to build a multifaith prayer building.

Billed as a landmark Jewish-Muslim-Christian prayer space, the building will combine a church, a synagogue and a mosque under one roof, next to one of Berlin’s busiest streets. Its organizers hope to make the German capital a meeting ground of world cultures and international relationships.*

*“The main focus for us was each of the religions have their own space and are not fused into one,” he said.

Kuehn’s winning design includes no church towers or minarets. There are three separate religious spaces joined by one central hall, which the architect suggests could function as the democratic heart of a community.

“We didn’t want to load any symbolism on the building,” said Kuehn. “From the outside it’s very pure and simple, almost archaic looking.”*

I think the proposed building looks like a warehouse or industrial tower, but what do I know about architecture? :shrug:

Anyways, the “ruins” mention in the headline are actually long gone. The word refers to a 13th century church which had been extensively bombed during WWII. The East German government tore it down, and put in a parking lot. Then archaeologists discovered the remains of a a medieval town, and excavation ensued. Today the site exists merely as fenced-in shrubs.


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