Incorporating traditional Islamic symbolic form language including building orientation helped make the Islamic Center of Saginaw a unique structure in Saginaw Township, Michigan. The domed roof, minaret and arabesque brick patterns on the facade along with traditional arched openings give the center immediate recognition as a Mosque and Muslim Cultural Activity Center. The design challenge was to respect traditional worship practices while using a contemporary approach to the use of materials and the introduction of natural daylighting throughout the facility. The current building will become the nucleus for the further expansion of religious education and community fellowship as well as formal worship.
Phase 1 of the project incorporates 14,000 square feet of space to include a Mosque for 350 worshippers with gathering space, restroom facilities, ablution facilities, multi-purpose space for religious education classrooms, courts for recreational sports, banquet space for 380 persons with kitchen facilities, storage, mechanical spaces, and administrative offices.
The Islamic Center of Saginaw is truly a multi-use facility that reserves an appropriately private prayer space in the rich Islamic Mosque tradition.