Punchbowl Mosque by Candalepas Associates receives award commendation


The Punchbowl Mosque by Candalepas Associates has received a commendation at the 2024 ArchitectureAu Awards for Social Impact.

Completed in 2017, the project has received critical acclaim for its architectural vigour, tectonic ambition and local sensitivity.

The result of a spirited collaboration between the Australian Islamic Mission community and the architectural team at Candalepas Associates, the mosque has served as a dignified cultural, religious and educational centre for the local Muslim population. 

Angelo Candalepas is the founder of Candalepas Associates.

Vice President of the Australian Islamic Mission Zachariah Matthews once said about the project:

“A Mosque that will serve the religious and spiritual needs of Muslim Australians was designed by an Australian of Greek Orthodox faith and built by a company whose directors are of Lebanese-Christian and Greek Orthodox ancestry. This is a powerful statement… an important message of cooperation between diverse peoples for an inclusive society.”

In a jury citation for the commendation, the project was described as “more than a singular display of culture and identity.”

“Punchbowl Mosque, commissioned and funded through grassroots campaigns, conveys the significance of built work to cultural belonging,” the citation reads.

“…the project is a powerful expression of trust in the potential of architecture and its social agency.”

READ MORE: $27.5 million redevelopment of Greek Orthodox Archdiocese site in Sydney approved




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