SOMA Architects and Park51 developer Sharif el-Gamal just unveiled a new set of renderings of the controversial Mosque proposal near Ground Zero in New York City. The project is planned to be a 15-story Islamic community center estimated to cost around $140 million -investment would come from various real-estate companies in Dubai.

The mosque will include a $17 million prayer space in the basement, a memorial, and recreational facilities. Gamal’s idea is to recover the investment by offering high-end amenities including swimming pool, gym, and spa to affluent New Yorkers – memberships would start at $2,700 per year.

SOMA’s design features a structural façade based on Arabic geometric patterns that create an interesting play between solids and voids.

via Curbed

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