Islamic Cemetery Austria: Vorarlberg Development

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Islamic Cemetery, Austria : Vorarlberg Architecture

Austrian Muslim Burial Site – design by Bernado Bader Architects

1 May 2013

Muslim Burial Site

Location: Altach, Austria

Design: Bernado Bader Architects

Altach Islamic Cemetery

The Cemetery serves Vorarlberg, the industrialised westernmost state of Austria, where over eight percent of the population is Muslim. It finds inspiration in the primordial garden, and is delineated by roseate concrete walls in an alpine setting, and consists of five staggered, rectangular grave-site enclosures, and a structure housing assembly and prayer rooms.

Altach Islamic Cemetery Austria
photo : Adolf Bereuter

The principal materials used were exposed reinforced concrete for the walls and oak wood for the ornamentation of the entrance facade and the interior of the prayer space. The visitor is greeted by and must pass through the congregation space with its wooden latticework in geometric Islamic patterns.

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photos : Adolf Bereuter

The space includes ablution rooms and assembly rooms in a subdued palette that give onto a courtyard. The prayer room on the far side of the courtyard reprises the lattice-work theme with Kufic calligraphy in metal mesh on the ‘qibla’ wall.

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images : Bernardo Bader

Islamic Cemetery – Building Information

Location: Altach, Austria, Europe
Architect: Bernado Bader Architects, Dombirn, Austria
Client: Altach Municipality, Gottfried Brändle Mayor
Completed: 2011
Design: 2008-11
Site size: Ground floor area: 4’235 m2 – Total site area: 8’415 m2

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photos : Marc Lins

Altach Islamic Cemetery images / information received from Aga Khan Development Network


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