Fourteen years after the Association of Muslims in Iceland first applied for land to build a mosque in Reykjavík, a competition has been launched to find out what the building should look like.
The competition is being run by the Association of Icelandic Architects and runs until May. Prospective designers will find instructions on the Association’s website, including stipulations like that the mosque should have a kitchen, teaching room and library, and that it should not be taller than two stories and up to 19.5 meters tall, including the minaret.
Sverrir Agnarsson, leader of the Association of Muslims in Iceland, described the competition and partnership with the architects’ association as “a big step,” adding, though, that the building will not be very big, but it will hopefully be beautiful.
The prize fund for the competition is around ISK 5 million (EUR 33,450/USD 37,050) and the best three submissions will be revealed in May, Fréttablaðið and Vísir reported.
Building Iceland’s first mosque has proven controversial with some, and the city Progressive Party’s opposition to it meant they did better in local elections last year than anticipated—however, Icelandic Muslims are not content with their current prayer room in a small office block and feel a mosque will better serve their long-term needs.