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Sustainable mosque for London

futuristic mosque design features wind turbine minarets and tidal power

A giant mosque that will hold 40,000 worshippers is being proposed beside the 2012 Olympic complex in Newham, London. Tablighi Jamaat, a worldwide Islamic missionary group, is planning on building the mosque of the future, called the London Markaz (Arabic for centre)

While other British mosques have plastic minarets and fake domes to imitate traditional mosques in the Middle East, the futuristic design of the Markaz features wind turbine minarets and an enormous translucent latticed roof to replace the dome

Although the three-storey mosque would already have by far the largest capacity of any religious building in Britain, the Markaz can be extended in peak periods with inflatable structures to provide additional prayer space. The 10-acre complex would include a garden, school, library, gym and accommodations for visiting worshippers. The Markaz and its surrounding buildings would hold a total of 70000 people, only 10,000 less than the nearby Olympic stadium


A prototype for sustainabilty

But what is really revolutionary, is the attention the designers of this religious building pay to making the building 'green'. According to Mangera Yvars Architects, the company that designs the mosque, the project is intended to be a prototype for sustainability. The washing areas in the Markaz form an internal spiral water cascade connecting washing areas on three levels below. All this water is recycled in line with Islamic teaching, which forbids 'spoiling the earth after Almighty Allah has created it

To provide energy for the enormous complex, several sources of sustainable energy are incorporated in the scheme. As mentioned before, three wind turbine minarets are placed around the mosque. Since the mosque is planned next to the Channelsea River, tidal power will be used to generate electricity. A Combined Heat and Power installation will provide electricity and hot water. Additional electricity is generated by solar panels

A £300 million project, finished by 2012

Tablighi Jamaat hopes to complete the project in time for the 2012 Olympic Games to act as a hub for Islamic athletes and spectators from all over the world. The Times newspaper says that the project is expected to cost over 100 million pounds (170 million USD). But British Muslim sources estimate the cost at 300 million pounds (520 million USD). The project will be funded from donations from Britain and elsewhere

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