Crowdfunding sought to complete Murcutt, Elevli Plus’s mosque

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The Australian Islamic Centre by Glenn Murcutt and Elevli Plus Architects features 96 gold painted lanterns which funnel coloured light into the space below.

The Australian Islamic Centre by Glenn Murcutt and Elevli Plus Architects features 96 gold painted lanterns which funnel coloured light into the space below. Image: Tobias Titz

The Islamic community of Newport is seeking donations to fund the completion its new mosque in Melbourne’s western suburbs, designed by Glenn Murcutt and Elevli Plus.

In 2005, the community engaged Australia’s only Pritzker Prize Laureate Glenn Murcutt to design their new mosque, the Australian Islamic Centre, and construction began in 2011.

The mosque has been entirely funded by the community so far. However, “a financial obstacle has caused the progression of the centre to slow down immensely,” they said. “For this reason, we kindly ask for your support in helping us reach the finish line within the next few months, otherwise the project may be put on hold indefinitely.”

The design of the mosque establishes a new architectural language for Islamic architecture in the contemporary Australian context.

“It is a mosque without a dome. It is a mosque without a minaret. It is a mosque without many of the courtyard walls,” Murcutt said at the 2016 Pritzker Laureate’s conference at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

“It is a mosque that is not exclusive, but inclusive. It’s a mosque that you can see into. It is a mosque that has water gardens but not entirely within walls.”

The mosque is the subject of an exhibition currently showing at the National Gallery of Victoria as well as an hour-long documentary, produced by filmmaker and journalist Catherine Hunter, which aired on ABC TV on 9 December.

“It’s my view that I think the mosque will be a very significant building for me,” Murcutt said in the film.

The Islamic community of Newport is seeking $100,000 to complete the building. To make a donation, click here.


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