1.1 This is an invitation for an architectural challenge to expand an existing Islamic community center with a prayer space of about 5,500 sqf, in Quincy, MA. The Muslim community is looking for design proposals to build an addition to the existing building -- either on top of existing structure using the entire footprint, or –as a second option- on top of the new parking lot (see image). The decision of location of expansion is left to participants. If winning designer is available and interested, we would be interested in continuing working on the project after competition.
2.1 Prayer space, for men and women. It could be either that prayer space may have a mezzanine floor where women would pray. Also, separate access for men and women required.
2.4 Symbolic minaret – does not need to have a staircase or access
2.5 Front elevation, front door
2.6 Washrooms with ablution for men and women
2.7 Shoe-racks for men and women
2.8 Egress – If second egress needed, design of staircase and its location.
3. Existing Condition
3.1 Cement stucco exterior finish
3.2 New parking design under construction.
3.3 Possible handicap lift from back to upper level.
4. Design Consideration
4.1 Keep existing staircase
4.2. Please use existing plumbing from below for new washrooms.
4.3 32-36’ feet height maximum – needs to be verified by planning/zoning department of City of Quincy
5. Your Selection Criteria
5.1 Aesthetics and function are of prime importance. Main challenge is to create a spiritual, religious space, which at the same time works practically in terms of how women and men will access/exit prayer space. Handicap accessibility. Where possible green design strategies would be appreciated.
6. Site Visit
6.1 Any designer is welcome to visit the community center and site
7.1. Floor plan showing the interior layout of the prayer space (1/8 In = 1 Ft).
7.2. Exterior elevations where relevant (1/8 In = 1 Ft).
7.3. Site plan showing building location, sidewalks, parking, and driveways.
7.4. Interior and exterior perspective views where relevant
8. Material from Client
8.1 Please click on 'Images' tab for site pictures
8.2 Please click on ‘+’ tab for various blueprints, and images with legend
Please do not hesitate to post questions onto the project Wall for the client to answer.