R Mosque

Plot area: 55,000 sq.ft
BUA: 27,000 sq.ft
Project Year: 2009
Location: Al Warqa’a Fourth
The concept for the mosque was developed in retaliation against the recent trend of overtly decorated mosques. The issue with this trend is that the exuberant articulations distract worshippers from their concentrating within their prayers. Historically religious structures within Islam were composed of simple and pure forms. Therefore this project signifies a return to this pretext; which is one of simplicity and calm spirituality instigating the worshipper to enter a contemplative state of mind. This architectural character is also dominant within prominent religious monuments in Islamic history as reflected through graphic representations of the prophet’s residence (historically referred to as the first mosque in Islam) as well as the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Both religious structures are comprised of simple cubic forms articulated by the rich textures of the natural materials from which they are erected. It is designed to challenge modern contemporary interpretation of traditional mosques. The Iwan has been placed within the building mass; minarets have been reinterpreted into "light-towers" while traditional multi domed halls have been reinterpreted into protruding skylights.
The skylights also function as sustainable components by reducing the mosques reliance on artificial lighting. Other components come into play as well where the typical disjunction between the service blocks surrounding typical mosque configurations has been eliminated. This has been achieved by clustering under a unified concept of interlacing squares. These two interlacing squares are bound by a shaded walkway created by 5 meter high walls. The square plan has been rotated using the axis toward Mecca and the existing axis of the site, the triangle spaces are generated for transition of activities. Black and white composition with the Arabic-patterned shade would represent the hybrid of modern and traditional culture.