Schiattarella Associati’s Mosque in Saudi Arabia Creates an Illuminated Local Landmark

Schiattarella Associati’s Mosque in Saudi Arabia Creates an Illuminated Local Landmark

Rome-based firm Schiattarella Associati have unveiled the design of a new community mosque complex in the city of Ha’il in Saudi Arabia, using traditional cultural elements of Najd architecture to create a new landmark in the area. The 22,500 square meter Al Jabri Mosque accommodates 3000 people and focuses on “the principle of a people-oriented city and proposes it back again using a contemporary language respectful and attentive in the use of shapes and materials.”

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A large central square forms a focal point of the complex, serving as the primary social space and is accessed via a number of covered corridors and shaded courtyards. Surrounding this are numerous commercial amenities, including restaurants and cafes on the ground level, with libraries, offices and a Quran school above. Sports facilities are also implemented to engage the local youth.

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Creating the main mosque was naturally the primary aim of the project. The massing achieves an illusionary presence of floating on water, and the diagonal cut in the stone façade indicates the threshold between interior and exterior, the public and the sacred. Inside, the intentional spacing between walls allows for the spread of natural light throughout the prayer space, bouncing and reflecting off surfaces.

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The result is a space where light dominates underlining its sacredness and at the same time fosters meditation and prayer fully respecting local tradition and culture.

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This path of lighting is reversed at sunset when the building is illuminated as a landmark with the use of artificial lights. With diffused and indirect light penetrating the interior prayer hall, the levels of luminous intensity increase towards the mihrab, a niche in the wall from which the prayer is led and an indicator of the direction of Makkah.

News via: Schiattarella Associati.

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Cite: Osman Bari. "Schiattarella Associati’s Mosque in Saudi Arabia Creates an Illuminated Local Landmark" 16 Jun 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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