Interfaith Worship

Interfaith worship is informed by the individual religions that constitute the collective.  In this case, the twelve faiths are gathered together in a single block urban open space bounded by streets that measure 100 x 100 meters.  Each of the twelve faiths are housed in a normative 40' x 40' mute square structure that is 24' high, above which rests an idiosyncratic 16' high cupola shaped appropriately to each of the individual faiths.  The overall height (40'), therefore, completes each form as a cube, the entire individuated space of which is perceived from within. 

Each sacred structure is intended for collective worship central to the tenets ascribed to each faith.  The entirety is organized radially, with each structure oriented as appropriate to each faith (Christianity entered from the West, Islam oriented toward Mecca, Judaism oriented toward the West wall of the Temple in Jerusalem-but reoriented within the cupola toward due East "in anticipation of a Messianic age," etc.).  A covered peripheral walkway (punctuated by glazing) negotiates the whole, bracketed by the collective worship spaces on the perimeter, and smaller sacred structures located on the inboard side which are available for individual worship within each faith, allowing for an individual to commune with his or her own Divine Being in solitude.

Entered from the four corners of the site, the entire sacred compound is permeable, ultimately culminating in a large tree-lined Interfaith space centered within and open to the sky for the purpose of collective worship/reflection composed of people of many faiths bereft of hierarchy (the absolute center is inaccessible (it is displaced by a sacred body of water).  The overall design provides diverse options for worship otherwise unavailable at this time.  The proximity of 12 equal sacred structures is egalitarian one to the other, and at the same time all 12 both define and protect the congregants coming together for interfaith worship.