Punchbowl Mosque Awarded Sulman Medal for Public Architecture

Friday 6 July 2018

Candalepas Associates won the Sulman Medal for Public Architecture for the Punchbowl Mosque project at the Australian Institute of Architects NSW awards on Friday 6 July 2018. Angelo Candalepas accepted the award and spoke emotionally about the unique opportunity of being commissioned to design a Mosque. He thanked the builder Infinity for an outstanding commitment to the project. Angelo also acknowledged the recognition given to people of Islamic faith as being part of the Australian architectural landscape. 

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“The state’s top award for public architecture went to a mosque in the western Sydney suburb of Punchbowl, designed by Candalepas Associates. The building has a striking vaulted interior and different spaces light up as the sun moves around from dawn prayer through to the sunset and final evening prayers. Female worship galleries extend out above the main prayer space into the heart of the mosque and courtyards create places for gathering.

“Good design should not be restricted to the centres of our cities,” jury chairwoman Marissa Looby said. “It’s socially and culturally important that architecture represents the many, and the mosque is a building to the benefit of the community.”

The mosque – which Ms Looby called “a balance between Brutalist architecture and Islamic inspiration” – is part of a community masterplan that includes a school.”

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