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House of One in Berlin by Kühn Malvezzi

04 KUEHN MALVEZZI House of One Central Hall

An ongoing project seeks to promote positive interaction between adherants of different faiths

Read the Multifaith typology here

Berlin has an unhappy history when it comes to accommodating non-Christian religions, and the rest of Europe is treating synagogues and mosques in a way that balefully echoes this past. So what better place to set an example of a more positive interaction between adherents of different faiths than on the site of a church that was burnt by the SS and demolished following the Second World War – and which, itself, stood on the site of Berlin’s first medieval church? The idea of replacing it with a more-inclusive facility was first dreamt up by the church authorities in 2008; Kühn Malvezzi won an international design competition in 2012. The projected building consists of three separate spaces grouped around a towering central volume, which permits ‘unity in diversity’: the Jewish element is a lozenge, the Islamic element square and the Christian rectangular. The first two are equipped with galleries to permit gender segregation; the Islamic space has ablution facilities and the Christian space an organ. Rather than simply expressing a hope that proximity will breed amity, the central zone will be used to host events that encourage interaction. Funds are being raised to begin construction.

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House of one Kuhn Malvezzi 2

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Ground floor plan

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