Rabat - Germany is set to build a center of worship called the “House of One," which will combine simultaneous Jewish, Muslim, and Christian prayer services. The facility will sit on the site of Berlin’s first church, the Petrikirche.
Rabat – Germany is set to build a center of worship called the “House of One,” which will combine simultaneous Jewish, Muslim, and Christian prayer services. The facility will sit on the site of Berlin’s first church, the Petrikirche.
The Berlin architectural firm of Kuehn Malvezzi was selected to design the building after winning an international architectural competition organized in 2012.
“Designing the House of One for us is a unique task, as there is no typological model for it. It is a great challenge for architecture to not be just a container but actually aspire to be an intimate and significant expression of the content itself,” said Kuehn.
The construction of the House of One, which will be only 670 square meters, is expected to start by 2017.
The project is being funded by donations through its website, and a 10-euro contribution pays for one brick. So far over 1 million euros have been raised.
The people in charge of the project said that each religion is being allocated a prayer hall of similar size – but different in design.
The project is “a sign, a signal to the world that the great majority of Muslims are peaceful and not violent,” Imam Kadir Sanci, the Muslim religious leader of the project, told the BBC.
“It is also a place where different cultures can learn from each other,” he added.
One of the organizers of the interfaith group behind the planned church, mosque, and synagogue, Rabbi Tovia Ben Chorin, said that the House of One is a reminder that despite the dark history of Berlin in the 20th century, it is now a center of tolerance.
“For me as a Jew, this city is the ‘city of wounds’ and the ‘city of miracles.’ In this place our systematic extermination was planned. And it is from this city that an answer has emerged,” said Ben Chorin.