PRAYER AND MEDITATION PAVILION

STUDIO TAMASSOCIATI

Photos courtesy of AKAA-Cemal Emden, Marcello Bonfanti, Raul Pantaleo

PRAYER AND MEDITATION PAVILION

STUDIO TAMASSOCIATIarchmarathonSTUDIO TAMASSOCIATI
2731 dorsoduro, 30123, Venice, Italy
www.tamassociati.org
Category:
Religious Buildings
Project selected:
PRAYER AND MEDITATION PAVILION
Location:
Khartoum, Popular Republic of Sudan
Year:
2013

The prayer and meditation pavilion is an integral part of the recently realized Cardiac surgery centre in Sudan, built by the Italian humanitarian organization, Emergency NGO.
The Popular Republic of Sudan is a country that, over the past twenty years, has been scourged from numerous Inter-ethnic as well as Inter-religious wars.
We needed to think of a place that could accommodate prayer, as customary in any place of health-care, so we had to deal with the difficult dilemma of thinking of a space that could host the spiritual complexity of this country and that could accommodate the prayer and meditation of all faiths.
The outside hosts a large water pool, as a strongly symbolic image in this sub-Saharan zone. The pool creates a spiritual separation between the external macrocosm of the hospital/world and the ventral microcosm of the building formed by two unaligned white cubes, which are connected by a semi-transparent cover of palm leaf stalks.
The inner parts of the two cubes contain two trees, which render these profane spaces sacred with their presence, as natural elements inside artificial spaces.
We obviously had to seriously consider the Muslim faith, which is the religion of the majority of the Sudanese, along with the religion’s rules, but we decreased the contextual impact of those rules in order not to make them appear dominant. This was made possible by concealing all symbols and elements that are specific to only one religion.

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