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New images unveiled of Glenn Murcutt-designed Islamic Centre in Melbourne
Australian Pritzker Prize-winner Glenn Murcutt has revealed new images of his first mosque in Melbourne which features a roof covered in rows of lantern-like lights.
The architect has worked on the design of the Australoan Islamic Centre for over 10 years, in collaboration with architect Hakan Elevli of Melbourne-based frim Elveli Plus.
The project features a contemporary mosque and a community centre for the Islamic population of Newport, a suburb of Melbourne.
The building is currently set for completion by late 2016.
The cente of the building features rows of projecting skylights that allow light into the building through a single glazed side. The gold-coloured triangular lights are lined with multi-coloured glass to resemble lanterns, replacing a traditional minaret or dome structure that is more traditionally used in mosques and Islamic architecture in general.
Photographs of the centre were revealed at an exhibition titled Glenn Murcutt: Architecture of Faith
“I’m putting forward the idea that, we can in a society that is anti-Islam, we can produce some work that actually can bring Islam back into our community and becomes an addition to the culture,” he told journalists after a panel discussion at this year’s Pritzker Prize ceremony.