Islamic Cultural Center
Köln, Germany
A prototype for the coexistence of Muslims and non-Muslims in Germany, the Center’s main elements are grouped around a raised public plaza, reached by a wide stair. Beneath, at street level, are a bazaar and conference room. The library, offices and museum framing two sides of the plaza reflect the existing urban fabric in height and massing; but the domed prayer-hall that dominates the third side stands out. Its series of concrete shells are linked by recessed vertical bands of glazing in a play of solid and void. The concrete surfaces are roughed to recall stonemasons’ work. Over 70% of the energy needed for heating and cooling is derived from on-site geothermal resources.

Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Location
Köln, Germany
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Events
2011
Variant Names
Islamic Cultural Center
Cologne Central Mosque
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DITIB-Zentralmoschee Köln
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Merkez-Camii
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Building Usages
prayer space
religious
Keywords
Aga Khan Award for Architecture Nominee