Prayer Pavilion Sudan Building, NGO Khartoum

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Emergency NGO Development in Sudan, Africa

Prayer Pavilion: Emergency NGO Khartoum – design by tam associati

24 Mar 2010

Prayer Pavilion Sudan

Prayer and Meditation pavilion, Emergency NGO
2007
Architects: tam associati

English text (scroll down for Italian):

Khartoum – Sudan
HALL OF MEDITATION AND PRAYER

Cardiac surgery at the Center of Emergency Salam

Sudan is a country that over the past two decades has been plagued by numerous inter-ethnic wars, but especially inter-religious. When we found ourselves having to think of a place that hosts the prayer, as is customary done in any place of care, we have had to deal with this difficult dilemma: to think a space that could accommodate the complex spiritual and lodges in this country. The choice was to not focus on any form of worship but to create a space capable of hosting the prayer and meditation for all faiths. We had, of course, to deal with the Muslim religion is the faith professed by the majority of the Sudanese and the rules imposed by this cult (washing, separation of men women) but we have dropped these rules in a neutral context that made them dominant . The thing was made possible by hiding all the symbols and religious elements that could be traced to a single religion.

Prayer Pavilion Khartoum – Building Information

Location: Khartoum, Sudan
Date: 2007
Commission: Emergency NGO non-profit organization.
Area: 64 sqm
Volume: 210 cubic m
Design group: Chairman: Peter Parrino (Emergency). Architectural project: Study tamassociated

Italian text:

Khartoum – Sudan
PADIGLIONE DI MEDITAZIONE E PREGHIERA
presso il Centro cardiochirurgico Salam di Emergency

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images courtesy of Marcello Bonfanti

Il Sudan è un paese che nel corso degli ultimi vent’anni è stato flagellato da numerose guerre inter-etniche ma soprattutto inter-religiose. Quando ci siamo trovati a dover pensare ad un luogo che ospitasse la preghiera, com’è consuetudine avvenga in qualunque luogo di cura, ci siamo dovuti confrontare con questo difficile dilemma: pensare uno spazio che potesse ospitare la complessità spirituale che alberga in questo paese. La scelta è stata quella di non privilegiare alcuna forma di culto ma di creare uno spazio capace di ospitare la preghiera e meditazione di tutte le fedi. Abbiamo dovuto, ovviamente, confrontarci con la religione mussulmana che è la fede professata dalla maggioranza dei Sudanesi e con le regole imposte da questo culto (le abluzioni, la separazione uomini donne) ma abbiamo calato queste regole in un contesto neutro che non le rendesse dominanti. La cosa è stata possibile occultando tutti i simboli e gli elementi religiosi che potessero essere ricondotti ad un’unica religione.

Luogo e data: Khartoum, Sudan – 2007
Committenza: Emergency ong onlus.
Dati quantitativi: Superficie: 64 mq. Volume: 210 mc
Gruppo di progettazione: coordinamento: Pietro Parrino (Emergency). Progetto architettonico: Studio tamassociati

Photographs: Marcello Bonfanti

Prayer Pavilion Sudan images / information from tam associati


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