Park51 Goes Green

26 August 2010 (Last Updated August 26th, 2010 18:30)

The controversial Islamic community centre and mosque in Lower Manhattan is likely to become the first LEED-certified mosque in the US. The $100m Park51, originally named Cordoba House, is a 13-storey glass and steel building in Battery Park City, two blocks from the World Trade Center s

The controversial Islamic community centre and mosque in Lower Manhattan is likely to become the first LEED-certified mosque in the US.

The $100m Park51, originally named Cordoba House, is a 13-storey glass and steel building in Battery Park City, two blocks from the World Trade Center site.

Design of Park51, being developed by architects Imam Feisal Abdul-Rauf and Sharif El-Gamal, involves several undisclosed green building strategies.

The mosque is expected to include a 500-seat auditorium, recreation and fitness facilities, a restaurant and culinary school, exhibition space, a library, art studios, childcare services, a mosque and an 11 September memorial.

El-Gamal said the building would be energy efficient and transparent, featuring a glass façade, according to inhabitat.com.