Year : 2018 .
Location : Dubai, U.A.E.
Program: Praying space & support facilities.
Credits : Interior (Program & Plans) : Dalia Lotfy | Renderings : Mohammed Bekhit
Worshipers capacity 7,500 pax | Roof capacity 2,000 pax
Mosque architecture is consumed architecture, certain set of ingredients (Minaret, Sahn, Dome, Mihrab) formulate the prototype image of mosques, Islamic patterns are then applied to presume identity.
While Islam is a timeless religion that never outdated through time, Mosque architecture need to provoke halting, showing capacity for evolution without dismissing its own identity and ingredients while still serving its radical role.
The act of praying represent the notion of religion, where collective diversity is liquidated into unity, equity, rhythm and order. Worshipers synchronize in rhythm and discipline to perform a homogeneous mold, the abundant acts as one, the mosque is composed in a similar manner to reflect its core values formulated out of a design element where its abundant (rhythm, repetition and order) creates the whole.
The project address public, private and in between. Adequate levels of transitions between public and worshipers are applied. Internally, the indoor collective space (Sahn|Cove) acts as transition zone from public to private with a degree of visual permeability. Externally, the mosque is an active catalyst within our society, thus its site tends to engage public activity offering occupiable platforms around it while maintaining a certain buffer for tranquility and privacy. The project tend to come down at both ends toward proposed creek plaza side scaling down the building to human scale.
Mosques offers spaces for religious activity and spiritual meditation. Internally, the window bay towards creek side acts as a snapshot screen of God made creation; creek nature | sanctuary park, offering space for spiritual observation. Formally, it orients worshipers towards Mihrab and Qibla direction.