A property company based in Abu Dhabi; UAE has called out for design proposals for neighbourhood mosques in the city. The typological mosque will be built and used in the modern master plan developments that will contain several communal facilities, including the daily and jama’a (Friday) mosque.
The modern jama’a mosque is one of the four typologies requested by the project client, which will be a community-centric, sustainable nature with embedded cultural and traditional elements of the Emirates. The design proposal also seeks to explore the new definition of mosque functions and emphasise the accessibility aspect of the mosque structure.
Inspired by the tenets of Islamic teachings, the 5 pillars of Islam and the 6 articles of faith have moulded the basic cubical form, partied into 5 and 6 layers sandwiched together. To further break the monotonous, the 5 layers were pushed inward, creating a jagged edge of the form before it was skewed to resemble the prostration act.
The six structural frame gives the overall look of the edifice with the use of metal cladding in between. This provides greater ceiling height for the sahan area, with the upper level for the female prayer hall adjoining the rectangular main prayer hall. Multiple entry points are designed across the prayer hall for easier accessibility, with access to the supporting amenities, such as the ablution, shoe room, imam and mua’then house.
While on the lower ground plan, a multi-purpose hall is provided as a function area with an expansive pre-function area that can be used as additional prayer areas. Additionally, spaces for library, offices and Quranic classes can also be found on this level. The mosque’s finishes of marble and stone materials give a white and natural outlook, reflecting its modern design, with an attached slender yet iconic minaret bearing God’s name. The light interplay at night has helped curate this elegant building perspective view.