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  • 1. QUT Multi-Faith Centre
  • 2. ?
    • To create a destination that accommodates the worship of different faiths, for people to engage with faith.
  • 3. Objective
    • To provide a space which members of the Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Indigenous communities can carry out worship and maintain/consolidate religious identity .
    • To provide general spaces for community activities.
    • To act as a point of call for members of the general community for spiritual guidance or consultation.
    • To act as a resource for learning and development of each of the faiths.
    • To complement the environmental and cultural context of an urban university setting and the related activities that occur within it.
    • To engage the greater university and urban population.
  • 4. Who?....users….
  • 5. Who?....users…. Religious Users Non- Religious Users Buddhists, Jews, Indigenous Australians, Muslims People from other religions, non-believers QUT staff and students, CBD workers, tourists, school children
  • 6. Users….needs? Religious Users Non- Religious Users Buddhists, Jews, Indigenous Australians, Muslims People from other religions, non-believers Worship, prayer, guidance , ceremonies, festivals Social gatherings, education, visits, festivals , guidance
  • 7. how does the Multi-Faith Centre accommodate these users? how does the Multi-Faith Centre accommodate these users? how does the Multi-Faith Centre deal with the interaction between the two groups? 1 2 3
  • 8. 1 how does the Multi-Faith Centre accommodate the Religious Users? …..what does the practice of each faith need? Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Indigenous Australia users/flexibility + adaptability/religious requirements/circulation/size
  • 9. Judaism general services
  • 10. Sukkot Branch Waving Procession
  • 11. Sukkot Procession Simchat Torah Procession
  • 12. Purim Festivals
  • 13. Mikveh Bath Ritual
  • 14. Rosh Hashanah Waterside Ritual
  • 15. Buddhism Bath house
  • 16. Seated Meditation
  • 17. Sukkot Procession Walking Meditation
  • 18. Islam prayer
  • 19. ablution
  • 20. Bazaar markets
  • 21. Teaching
  • 22. Indigenous Australia ceremonies
  • 23. Story telling
  • 24. Education
  • 25. Showers and Storage
  • 26. Showers and Storage
  • 27. Expected Usage Timetable Prayer/ meditation Prayer and Meditation Classes Classroom Bookings Community Markets Festivals
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  • 30. Analysis- similar spaces… Islamic Prayer Hall Islamic Bazaar Space Jewish Prayer Hall Islamic Ablution Area Jewish Purim Festival Space Jewish Mikveh Bath Shower Spaces for Indigenous Performers Buddhist Bath House Buddhist Meditation Buddhist Walking Meditation Indigenous Ceremonies Indigenous Story Telling Indigenous Education Islamic Teaching Jewish Roshanah Water Ritual
  • 31. Islamic/Jewish Prayer Halls Internal Spaces, Similar Circulation and Movement, Similar Scale, Religious Artefacts clashing of usage times SEPARATE SPACES
  • 32. Bazaar Space/Purim Festival Space open plan areas, similar circulation and movement patterns, presence of stalls, market/festival atmosphere no clashes in usage times MERGED SPACES
  • 33. Buddhist Seated Meditation/Buddhist Walking Meditation/Indigenous Ceremony Space/Jewish Rosh Hashanah Ritual no clashes in usage times Open, undefined boundaries, connection with nature, similar scale Different circulation and movement patterns Occasional usage time clashes ADJACENT SPACES
  • 34. Indigenous Story Telling/Indigenous Education/Islamic Education open plan areas, similar circulation and movement patterns, similar scales- small groups, functional similarities no clashes in usage times MERGED SPACES
  • 35. Islamic Ablution Area/Jewish Mikveh Bath/Buddhist Bathhouse/Indigenous Showers occasional clashes in usage times Enclosed area, visual restrictions, similar scale, transitional spaces, similar circulation and movement patterns, need for washing facilities ADJACENT SPACES
  • 36. Spatial Organisation 1 2 3 4 5 Islamic/Jewish prayer areas Washing/Ablution spaces Bazaar/festival areas Outdoor Buddhist/Indigenous Areas Education/Teaching Areas
  • 37. Relative Sizes Approximate populations according to demographic information Sizes of worship areas to be decided accordingly
  • 38. 2 how does the Multi-Faith Centre accommodate the non-Religious Users in this local environment ? …..what does the surrounding community need? university students, tourists, CBD workers, school children users/local environment/flexibility + adaptability/size
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  • 42. Requirements of General Public Social spaces Onlooking, observing of religious festivals Information of each faith/Education Participation in festivals Chaplaincy Lectures/conferences Appreciation of the Spiritual
  • 43. 3 how does the Multi-Faith Centre deal with the interaction between the two groups? …..how do we foster an engagement between the non-religious community and the religious community? What else could we achieve? Could we facilitate some interaction between each of the faiths? flexibility + adaptability/circulation/local environment/ Architectural Design Requirements
  • 44. Religious Area General Area QUT
  • 45. sitting, gathering, socialising listening to discussions observing religious rituals/festivals appreciating the spiritual information from various faiths Chaplaincy centre Lecture/conference area
  • 46. Open outdoor area for indigenous Link to gardens Prayer spaces for Islam, Jewish followers Meditation Area for Buddhists Public Plaza//HEART of the Centre Social space Administration area and Chaplaincy above
  • 47. HEART of the Centre, where interaction occurs General population engaged by the Social Space Religious areas A connection to the Natural Landscape should always be maintained through some corridor to the Gardens
  • 48. Architectural Design Requirements
    • A central part of the brief is that the architectural qualities of the space formed by the Multi-Faith Centre must inspire a sense of the transcendence-
      • Such language ought to be derived from qualities of established spiritual spaces
    • The following three panels are stimulus that ought to be followed when creating place in the Multi-Faith Centre
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  • 52. Overall View!
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    • A central public plaza as the heart of the Multi-Faith Centre
    • Differentiation between areas for religious purposes and areas for general community use
    • General use
      • attract and engage the general local population
    • Religious use
      • distinguished enough that the worship spaces are distinctly sacred.
      • Open with strong connection to heart
      • Flexible, may be converted for conferences/seminars
  • 54. social space// to attract university students and CBD workers to socialise and meet there, and also to allow them to observe the religious activities occurring, to listen in on the educational discussions public plaza// social space + open arena open arena// spill over area for religious festivals, markets, Indigenous story telling, religious education discussions, facilitates discussions between religions Islamic prayer hall// prayer mats, Quibla wall, prayer mat storage, furnished according to islamic requirements Jewish prayer hall// Ark, Torah Scrolls, Bimah, Eternal Light, religious artefact storage, potential to be converted into a conference/seminar space, a connection to the outdoors for rituals Buddhist prayer area// subtly defined open space connected to the outdoors, furnished according to Buddhist tradition, accommodates both seated and mobile meditation Indigenous ceremony area// Outdoor area to accommodate Indigenous ceremonies, fires etc., little architectural intervention, Indigenous people to define their own zone Chaplaincy// s pace strongly connected to the central public plaza, yet private and separated enough for individuals Administration// a space for the chaplain’s office and other staff