The Abrahamic Family House: A Dialogue In Abrahamic Faiths

BY Brian Timmer / Oct 19 2019 / 16:27 PM

Adjaye Associates' design has been selected for the collection of three religious spaces, a mosque, a synagogue and a church which sit upon a secular visitor pavilion in Abu Dhabi.

The Abrahamic Family House: A Dialogue In Abrahamic Faiths
Adjaye Associates
Rendering of the grounds around the Abrahamic Family House, Abu Dhabi

Commissioned by The Higher Committee for Human Fraternity, The Abrahamic Family House is a collection of three religious spaces, a mosque, a synagogue and a church, which sit upon a secular visitor pavilion. The project is one of the first initiatives set by The Higher Committee, a new body overseeing the implementation of the “Document on Human Fraternity”. The landmark project hopes to embody the relationship between the three Abrahamic faiths while providing a platform for dialogue, understanding, and coexistence between their religions. 


“I am humbled and honored that our design has been selected. I believe architecture should work to enshrine the kind of world we want to live in, a world of tolerance, openness, and constant advancement...", states Sir David Adjaye, Founder and Principal of Adjaye Associates. 


The structures represent a safe space, each volume illustrated with colonnades, screens and vaults to represent the sacred nature, with each structure translated from the three faiths, defining what is similar in each as opposed to what is different.


Within each of the houses of worship, visitors will have the opportunity to observe religious services, listen to holy scripture and experience sacred rituals. A fourth space - not affiliated with any specific religion - will serve as a center for all people of goodwill to come together as one.  Unveiled at an event held at the New York Public Library on 20th September, The Abrahamic Family House will serve as a community for inter-religious dialogue and exchange, nurturing the values of peaceful co-existence and acceptance among different beliefs, nationalities and cultures.