The Australian Islamic Centre in Newport is designed by award winning Australian architect Glenn Murcutt. Although not completed, it is ready enough to go in and explore. And they are kind enough to allow people to take photos.
I didn’t know about its existence until a fellow friend photographer mentioned that she had gone to photograph it. After seeing her shots, I knew I had to do the same.
I was lucky enough to visit on the day they erected the 24 carat gold plated crescent at the tip of concrete wall at the side of the building. It looks different from every angle you view it from and also depends on where and when the light falls upon it.
I also happened to be there around lunch time when people were taking their prayers (men only). The men pray downstairs and the women upstairs (although there weren’t any when I visited).
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Below you can see the men on the left erecting the 24 carat gold crescent and on the right it is done!
Before I went to the mosque I drove around to see if I could get around the back. I couldn't as the golf course was in between but then I discovered the oil refinery on the train line. I took a few shots while I was there. It was only after I downloaded my photos that I noticed what a stroke of luck that was and how it all fit together!
The 24 carat gold plated crescent looks different from every angle and lighting.
The women's washing area on the left (upstairs) and the men's on the right.
The men gather to pray
The ceiling inside is spectacular. And when you look up at the different coloured triangular cut outs, it's really quite mesmerising. I lay down to take these photos and this is the view of me looking up at them. Depending on the time of day and light, I suspect these will look different every time.
A couple of shots of the roofline.