Glenn Murcutt designs nontraditional contemporary mosque for Australia

Architect Glenn Murcutt has designed what he calls the first contemporary Australian mosque.

Instead of traditional minaret towers and domes, the modern building will have a glass front allowing the general public to see into the prayer hall.

Under construction in Melbourne’s western suburbs, it is due to be completed early next year.

Architect Glenn Murcutt said he did not want to reproduce a Middle Eastern mosque.

“To go through a wall and a door becomes exclusive. I felt it was necessary for Islam to become much more open,” he said.

The traditional features are replaced by coloured glass lanterns, which will reflect different coloured light into the prayer hall, depending on the time of day.