Gulshan Society Mosque / Kashef Chowdhury - URBANA

Gulshan Society Mosque / Kashef Chowdhury - URBANA
Mosque  · 
Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Kashef Chowdhury - URBANA
  • Area Area of this architecture project
    741.0 m2
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
  • Architects

    Anup Kumar Basak, Sabbir Wadud Shohan, S.M. Ahsan
  • Architectural Assistant

    Jewel Dewan
  • Supervising engineers

    KMA Bari, Amrul Hasan
  • Clients

    Gulshan Society
  • Structural Engineering

    Zayedur Rahim
  • Electrical Engineering

    Abul Kalam Azad
  • Plumbing Engineering

    Prodip Kumar Haldar
  • Landscape

    Kashef Chowdhury/ URBANA
  • Contractor

    Beximco Engineering
© Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury
© Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury

Text description provided by the architects. The urban plot allocated for this mosque was relatively small but survey suggested that the mosque would need to accommodate a large congregation. This necessitated reimagining the mosque typology into a vertically stacked volume. Planned for 2500, the building is presently attended by up to 4500 people for the weekly Friday prayer.

© Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury
© Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury
© Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury
© Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury

Because of the limited size of the plot the court-prayer hall sequence had to be substituted for a pragmatic approach. The entrance, for example, is immediate: a flight of steps from the sidewalk directly leads to the main vestibule and prayer hall. All floors are accessible by generous stairs and elevators, taking visitors to six upper levels.

© Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury
© Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury

All interior spaces benefit from good penetration of natural light and ventilation. The latter is made possible by the employment of a jali or screen structure, which wraps the building and generates its unique form and façades, while ensuring protection from rain and solar heat gain. The jali is an abstraction of “La-ilaha-illallah” – a fundamental declaration in Islam proclaiming, there is no God but God in Arabic – in the thousand year old Kufic script, which runs continuously in bands on all four sides.

© Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury
© Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury

The entire structure is white cast concrete, giving it the appearance of a monolith in a city where otherwise the fabric and skyline is formed of generic residential and commercial buildings.

© Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury
© Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury

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Address: Gulshan, Dhaka, Bangladesh

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Cite: "Gulshan Society Mosque / Kashef Chowdhury - URBANA" 19 May 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884
© Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury

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