Portugal – The Colinas do Cruzeiro Centre is a modern space designed for the young Muslim community living in Odivelas.
Designed by Portuguese architects, Estúdio Amatam, the centre is intended to promote a sense of community by serving as a hub for the sharing of Islamic culture and knowledge – beyond just worship. As such, it includes an exhibition space and a meeting room, as well as a space for the dissemination of literature, and a male and female prayer space.
Updating traditional design features such as horseshoe arches and groin vaults, these spaces are separated by abstract archways and curved forms. Speaking of the centre’s minimalist design, architect Manuela Tamborino says: ‘Religion is getting more and more oriented to the essential, to the things that really matter and bring people together.’
Similarly, we explore how the aesthetic, rituals and values of Christianity are being redefined by a younger generation in our Young Believers microtrend.