A crowdfunding campaign is underway to construct a “House of One” in Berlin, a religious space consisting of a church, synagogue and mosque connected with a central meeting place. The “House of One” is the product of a grassroots group of three religious communities, with the initial idea coming from a local protestant church community.
An architectural competition to choose a design was held in 2012 and a global fundraising campaign to build the space began in 2014. To date, the campaign has secured just over € 8.5 million of its € 43.5 million target, which the instigators were hoping to reach in 2016. Should it obtain sufficient funding it will occupy Petriplatz, a prominent site in the heart of Berlin.
The instigators believe the unique building will provide a space where different faiths can learn from each other and serve as a global symbol of “peaceful dialogue.”
Given the prominence of the three religious, does the fact that the project is struggling to reach its funding goals reflect a lack of support for such initiatives? Or is this a sign of increasing religious co-existence in an interconnected world?