Congratulations to ACME + Spacehub for being selected in the winning teams for Muslim Academy, Heidelberg.

Muslim Academy is a place for education, cultural exchange and insight into Islamic history. A powerful arch structure anchors the building, with arches and vaults clad in Heidelberg sandstone, in red hue characteristic of the local cityscape. Inside and outside spaces flow, as the difference in levels is used creatively to integrate steps in the foyer with auditorium, exhibitions, restaurant and café at ground level.

Throughout, academy gardens create moments of pause between various functional areas of education, work, sleep and prayer. The upper volumes and internal gardens are unified by the building façade, an ornamental geometric perforated metal skin which allows light in and facilitates illumination at night.