Call for Entries: Architectural Competition for the Concept Design of Derbent Spiritual Center, Dagestan, Russia.

by Robbie

A unique opportunity to participate in a project of national and international relevance, which symbolizes the harmony and coexistence of religions and cultures not only in the ancient City of Derbent, but as universal values of contemporary times.

The project mainly consists of the following elements:

Central Cathedral Mosque
Russian Orthodox Church
Conference Hall, Museum, Library
Landscaped Park

The project is to be built on a central site of approximately 25 hectares. The site is located in a dominant location within a newly planned quarter of the City, located to the south of historical center.

The main building in the Spiritual Center will be the “Motherhood Tears” central cathedral mosque, with an indoor capacity of approximately 9000 worshippers. The Spiritual Center will also include a Russian Orthodox Church and a Synagogue for approximately 900 worshippers each.

In addition to the religious buildings, the Spiritual Center will include social and cultural use buildings including a conference center, a library, a museum, and other related uses, in a suitably landscaped park setting, symbolizing the tie between the holy and the secular.

The project is partly aimed at attracting the younger generations into a setting which promotes religious and cultural mutual understating and coexistence in a multi-cultural multi-faith society.

Architects and architectural firms with a proven record of experience in religious and/or cultural public buildings of no less than 10 years may take part in this competition.

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