Light of Peace seeks to give 25,000 Syrian refugees arriving to Canada a space for spiritual strength, as a way of tackling the hard social issues of relocation and leaving one’s home behind.
In particular, Light of Peace strives to bring the notions of home, with emotions of peace, tranquility, and safety, into conjunction with light. By effectively using light as a tool to instill these emotions, this project also hopes to blend its faith based functionality with a more universal social bridging and bring together those of Muslim faith and the hospitable Canadians.
Light is a catalyst of the architecture. It indicates the use of the space, and guides our emotional response. It is a place of faith and comfort for Syrian refugees, a point of interaction between the welcoming Canadians and our new friends, and a home away from home.