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Many more concept pictures of the proposed Ground Zero mosque, also some pictures for reference…


First look at sketches of the Ground Zero mosque…

t’s the building that has divided New York and forced a national debate on what it means to be American.

Now these artist’s sketches show the first glimpse both inside and out the proposed Ground Zero mosque – and you may be surprised at what is planned.

The futuristic-looking building is wrapped in a honeycomb of abstract shapes – symbols that have already forced the centre’s developers to issue a clarification, after observers pointed out that many of the shapes appear to resemble the Jewish symbol of the Star of David.


Day and night: The building’s futuristic honeycomb exterior would feature traditional Islamic themes – including the hexagram, which also features as a symbol of Jewish identity

MosquePast and future: Developers have taken traditional Islamic arabesque design and added contemporary and abstract elements, creating a unique and arresting environment


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More information released on the Ground Zero mosque, unusual architecture to say the least…


Ground Zero mosque likened to Superman’s HQ

Futuristic designs for an Islamic centre and mosque near the site of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York have been unveiled to widespread expert acclaim.

The sketches showed a 16-storey building wrapped in a honeycomb of abstract shapes.

The building was compared by some to the Fortress of Solitude, the crystalline headquarters of Superman depicted in comic books.

Others suggested that some of the shapes resembled the Jewish symbol of the Star of David. The company behind the development pointed out that the hexagram is also used in Islam, as the Seal of Solomon, as well as in Christianity and other religions.

Sharif El-Gamal, the developer, said: “We want to have a marriage between Islamic architecture and New York City. We want to do something that is green and cool.”

The proposed Islamic centre, two blocks from the site of the World Trade Centre attacks, has created widespread controversy in the United States.

The designs suggest it will have four floors taken up by a sports, fitness and swimming centre.

There will also be a child care centre, a restaurant, culinary school, art studios, exhibition space and auditorium.

The prayer space for Muslims will be on two levels in the basement, and the 12th floor will have a 9/11 memorial and sanctuary open to people of all faiths.


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