Open Concept for Traditional Rituals

architect Bernardo Bader
project Islamic Cemetery, Altach, Vorarlberg, Austria
written by Gabriele Kaiser


In June 2012, after several years of preparation and an expertly led participative planning process, the Muslim graveyard in Altach was opened (only the second in Austria after the one in Vienna). It is clear that the graveyard has been widely well accepted. One hundred years after the recognition of Islam as a religion in Austria, this project was developed on the basis of regional and Islamic building traditions and expresses the idea of integration represented by all participants. That this acceptance is not self-evident is shown by many infamous examples from the recent past.