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October 14 2013

Aberdeen mosque set for spring start
A new mosque on Aberdeen’s Nelson Street, to serve the estimated 4,000 Muslims resident within the city and surrounding shire, is to move on site next March.

The £1m Makespace Architects designed scheme will entail construction of a two storey extension to the front of an existing warehouse and will accommodate up to 800 people.

In a statement Makespace Architects said: “Our design approach is based on our vision of Britain’s Muslim communities as progressive and creative members of society and we want the building to reflect this spirit.

“In this way, the new Aberdeen mosque speaks of being fully Scottish, fully British, and fully Muslim all at the same time. It is a new architectural approach that combines and balances local architectural style and tradition with that from the rich cultural heritage of Islam. In this way we hope the new mosque represents and reflects the spirit of Aberdeen’s diverse communities, and serves as symbol around which understanding and interaction can happen.”
The new hall will also play host to a range of supporting community services and activities
The new hall will also play host to a range of supporting community services and activities
The £1m scheme is being funded through private donations
The £1m scheme is being funded through private donations

5 Comments

steve
#1 Posted by steve on 14 Oct 2013 at 14:43 PM
This could be a total guess, but I think that the new mosque might have dedicated space for women.
Big Chantelle
#2 Posted by Big Chantelle on 15 Oct 2013 at 08:54 AM
When I think of Islam and its 7th century modernity, the word 'progressive' comes to mind.
Sven
#3 Posted by Sven on 15 Oct 2013 at 10:21 AM
This is an architectural interest site, so people should stick to the scope. The mosque is in keeping with the streetscape and the geometric stonework is attractive and adds to that streetscape. The rusticated stonework looks like it is granite, so is in keeping with local architectural traditions.
Big Chantelle
#4 Posted by Big Chantelle on 15 Oct 2013 at 12:35 PM
@Sven

I'm replying to what the architects said of the architecture -- ya know, that wee bit at the top with all the writing and quotes and stuff. .

Sven
#5 Posted by Sven on 15 Oct 2013 at 17:18 PM
Men and women stand separately in Orthodox churches, men to the right, women to the left. A galilee in some medieval churches was the only place women could watch divine services. You can still see them in Glasgow Cathedral and St Salvators college chapel. In addition, women attending church services traditionally wear a hat/veil, men remove their headware when entering churches. So dedicated spaces and separate rules for women have a long architectural traditions in Scotland and Europe. I am not apologizing for Islam nor do I support its expansion (funding for new mosques is readily available from KSA but also from local communities and Britains failed immigration system) but I am saying that from an architectural POV this one works.

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