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A place where thoughts come together
Current tensions between groups are growing. We live in a world of many religions and philosophies. Unfortunately, all these different beliefs also create lots of misunderstanding, distrust and prejudice. Within the Fusion project, polarization is reduced. Everyone is welcome, it’s a place where thoughts come together. There is room to express your faith, to meditate, to learn about different religions and philosophies. And most importantly to meet each other. Fusion is a project by Annick Bongers.

Not only because of all the agitation and lack of understanding there is a need for interconnection but also because there is little knowledge of all the differences and similarities between beliefs and thoughts. Fusion provides a place to stimulate these encounters.

The building contains a religious/silence space in which mainly catholics, islamics and protestants can keep their services, but also other philosophy’s and religions such as Buddhism or people without religion. It serves as a relaxing and inspiring place. Different religions also have different elements that are important to express the faith. These elements are as minimal as possible displayed and intertwined with each other. In order to provide a space in which everyone feels at home and does not interfere with each other’s elements.

The design is a layered structure. The transition of the busy outside life is reduced to the inside. Transparency and accessibility are important in order to make people feel welcome. The routing through the building flows from busy to quiet space. The round-shaped walls provide a relaxing open structure, which surrounds the various functions. The core: The religious area is embraced with the other functions, such as the library and the cafe / meeting room. One moves to the core, not only physically but also mentally.


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