CC Mehmet Akif
The new cultural centre consists of 2 separate parts. The main building on the street side and a lower part behind it away from the street.
Between the two buildings there is a trapezoid patio. In the building at the Dendermondestraat the visitor will find the following facilities: a cafeteria, several meeting rooms, some classrooms, a library, office rooms, a meeting area and a flat.
There is a place of worship in the lower volume in the inner part of the centre. It is oriented towards Mekka, thus offering special dynamics to this trapezoid patio. Small window openings admit sacral daylight. The place’s roof follows the inclination of the interior and is a reference to the large domes in the more traditional houses of prayer. Its bearing structure is a pentagram with a pentagonal vacant space in the centre.
The pillar structure of the different outer walls and the patio subtly refer to the construction of the traditional houses of prayer. The walls between the white concrete pillars will be tessellated by a modern mosaic artist.