October 3rd, 2010
05:10 PM ET

First images of proposed NYC Islamic center

The group behind the proposed Islamic cultural center near New York's ground zero has released what it is calling the first official images of the center.

The website for the project, known as the Park51 Community Center, said that the "new images display an updated exterior and provide a first look into Park51’s interior and lend some insight on how we’re envisioning the project," in a post that went up Tuesday but that initially drew little notice.

Plans for the $100 million, 13-story center include a 500-seat auditorium, classrooms and conference rooms, space for social events, a 9/11 memorial, a pool and a gym.

Scores of Muslims are already using the Lower Manhattan site as a mosque.

The imam behind the proposed Islamic center and mosque is largely avoiding New York City because of security concerns and is receiving protection from the New York Police Department, according to those close to the imam.

The images of the project were produced by SOMA Architects, which Park51's website identifies as the project's architectural design consultants.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: 'Ground zero mosque' • Islam • Muslim • New York • United States

soundoff (781 Responses)
  1. cedavid

    2 glaring facts of the design:

    1. you can see up any skirt/hijab/burka/dress you'd want to from the 1st floor
    2. the "mosaic art is comprised of a bunch of star of Davids... my hebrew brothers STILL own every part of NY!

    October 4, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  2. mars

    these religions wear fancy garments,jesus wore rags..nothing alike......

    October 4, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  3. cedavid

    ok 2 glaring facts of the design:

    1. You can pretty much see up any skirt/ hijab/ burka/ dress you'd want to from the 1st floor
    2. Does it not appear that in the "mosaic art" that makes up the walls is just comprised of a bunch of star of davids?

    October 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  4. Norman

    I'm not opposed to The Moque or anything, but that's a pretty ugly design, and any real architect would crucify this design for it's lack of practicality. They're using about 10% of the space they have available with the look of the last picture.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  5. adam s

    9-11 is boring. can we move on already? thanks!

    October 4, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  6. Jo Ann Florida

    The Christians have the cross, the Jews have the Star of David, and the Muslims have the crescent moon, right?
    Why so many Star of Davids noted in architectural structure–just asking?

    October 4, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
    • Muneef

      This is a Jewish Mosque in disguise of an Islamic Mosque and I believe that this guy is Jewish disguised as muslem.
      Or otherwise why would he build a building that has no Muslim arts at all like any that was built by Muslims in the east and the west... I hate this building and wasted my time defending it to find out later it is Jewish and no muslem and therefore my wish it is never to be built and if it did never to remain until the whole design changes to reflect Islamic arts.

      October 5, 2010 at 6:34 am |
  7. ModsSayNoToo is a troll

    ModsSayNoToo, you are Anti-American. And apparently psychic, too. Oh, and a total moron.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  8. Edward

    Why when the subject is the ground zero mosque, does CNN exceptionally run the comment board bckward? CNN comment boards always run newest to oldest comment, except when it is on the Mosque, then it runs oldest to newest. What's up with that CNN?

    October 4, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  9. c.leini

    I guess it does not matter what the people of this country feel, they are going to shove this in our faces. Guess 9/11 did not mean anything. I feel like I have been slapped in the face and so should the boys over there fighting this phony war.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  10. snailspace

    Actually, both the facade and the floor seem to be stylized representations of classic Islamic mosaics, which incorporate numerous symbols like stars and crosses. It's a big change from the other buidlings on the block, but that's OK. The inside views are amazing, although once the artist's view meets the reality of physics and safety regulations, the final building may be more conventional.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  11. Michael

    It's beautiful, but it should be built elsewhere.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  12. GSA

    All the BS, hate and bigotry on this blog aside, that picture is awesome. That will by far be the best looking building inside and out in all of New York.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  13. damn what happened to my CNN default name - DryHump

    listening to all the crying, whining intolerant babies is an embarrassment to me and being an American.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  14. damn what happened to my CNN default name - DryHump

    cool design.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  15. Diane

    It is really beautiful...and I hope the transparency of the design will help in showing the "nay-sayer's" there will be transparency in all functions of this center. Everyone needs to grow up and stop the ignorance and blind promoting of hate.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  16. TonyInNYC

    Interesting that there's a Star of David right in the middle of the facade.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:40 pm |
  17. charlie

    It is absolutely STUNNING!!!! It goes beyond a building to something quite ethereal. I hope the final project holds the same drama as the conceptual images. It really is something quite special, WOW!

    October 4, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  18. Raj

    @Ahmed Hosein .".why do u need a christian center in tehran? if u want to worship God, there are lots and lots of mosques in Tehran. they worship same God".. Really, so why do you need mosques in USA. There are lots of churches. So why dont you muslims go worship there and send money to Pakistan

    What a logic!!!

    October 4, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  19. ??????

    Will it be bomb proof??

    October 4, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  20. david

    Full of satanic pentagrams, This will burn and fall just like Babel.

    October 4, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
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