Spiritual architecture for an open building : the concept of openness and demonstration is here set in a way to address both the invisible and the visible, the city and heaven.
Built to host more than 5,000 people, the Muslim cultural center is a main place for spirituality and community meetings in Bordeaux.
A library, two praying rooms, shops, restaurant and offices are all gathered in this 3-storey building.
The main space is flexible and distills an indirect light to the audience, playing with an irregular topography.
A multitude of uses is possible, extending the room’s dimensions to the whole slab.
On the third floor, a series of patios will enable daylight to feed working spaces and enforce the spiritual atmosphere it wishes to create.
Location : Bordeaux
Dates : 2014 – Competition, 1st prize competition
Client : Muslim Federation of the Gironde
Design team : Aires Mateus e Associados, Martin Duplantier Architects, Anouk Debarre Landscape Architect
Mission : Conception Design
Built area : 11 700 sqm
Cost : 24,5 M€