the mumbai-based architecture office, NUDES, has designed the ‘mosque of light’ for a competition entry as part of the dubai creek harbor development. in islamic architecture, light plays an essential role in designing the interiors of mosques and other buildings. this proposal explores the combination of light and built form to create a spiritual experience.

NUDES uses islamic geometric patterns to create 'mosque of light' proposal in dubai
the approach to the ‘mosque of light,’ all images courtesy of NUDES

 

 

NUDES has designed the multi-layered geometrical form to filter the harsh daylight softly into the prayer hall. light bounces off the doubly curved surfaces and filters through the ‘mashrabiya’ apertures, which are based on islamic geometrical principles and is generated from simple repetition of geometries.  in addition to the dramatic display of light being filtered down, the architectural system also protects the inhabitants from the intense sunlight and provides a cooling environment.

NUDES uses islamic geometric patterns to create 'mosque of light' proposal in dubai
duality between light and space to create a spiritual experience

 

 

the proposed ‘mosque of light’ is sited strategically at the dubai creek harbor development which is expected to have 48,500 residential units in total, and a population of approximately 175,000 residents. the mosque is designed to hold regular daily prayers as well as friday and eid prayers for a population of 7500. the main prayer hall is oriented towards the main qibla wall and the spaces for prayer have been designed on the ground floor for both male and female populations. spill out spaces have been created at both the ground plaza level and also on the terrace. the terrace can be accessed by the four minarets that holds the composition of the mosque and unifies the geometrical concept of the overall building.

NUDES uses islamic geometric patterns to create 'mosque of light' proposal in dubai

light bounces off the doubly curved surfaces and filters through the mashrabiya’ apertures based on islamic geometrical principles

NUDES uses islamic geometric patterns to create 'mosque of light' proposal in dubai
approach from darkness to light, and from ignorance to faith

NUDES uses islamic geometric patterns to create 'mosque of light' proposal in dubai
the prayer hall is adorned with cooling water ponds

NUDES uses islamic geometric patterns to create 'mosque of light' proposal in dubai

a geometric module consisting of multi-layered minimal pre-cast surfaces with Islamic geometric patterns

NUDES uses islamic geometric patterns to create 'mosque of light' proposal in dubai
cross sectional layers reveal the rich architectural tapestry

NUDES uses islamic geometric patterns to create 'mosque of light' proposal in dubai
site layout

NUDES uses islamic geometric patterns to create 'mosque of light' proposal in dubai
floor plans

NUDES uses islamic geometric patterns to create 'mosque of light' proposal in dubai
sections

NUDES uses islamic geometric patterns to create 'mosque of light' proposal in dubai
structural system module

 

 

project info:

 

project name: nūr / mosque of light

architect: nudes, nuru karim – founder & design principal

nudes design team: nuru karim, yash panchal, yashavi mehta, alisha ajani, rahul verma

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

 

edited by: lynne myers | designboom

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