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A mosque for the future: The story of Punchbowl Mosque

Architect Angelo Candalepas and Australian Islamic Mission Vice President Dr Zachariah Matthews spoke with The Point Magazine about re-designing a mosque for Punchbowl’s Sunni Muslim community.

Hailing from a Greek Orthodox background, Angelo Candalepas was at first apprehensive about designing a place of worship for a faith other than his own. Now close to completion after 10 years of planning and construction, Angelo discusses how design can be a bridge between culture and faith.

"Architecture to me is about understanding the cultural dimension in society, and understanding how people can be moved and changed by the spaces people create.”

The mosque was featured as part of the Sydney Architecture Festival last month, with tickets to a public tour of the mosque selling out due to popular demand.  

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