GRAND MOSQUE AND MULTIPURPOSE HALL PROPOSAL
HAMAD TOWN, BAHRAIN
Designed as a gathering place for the community, the new proposal provides a spiritual home for Muslims and visitors, by integrating both the grand mosque, a multipurpose hall for religion-related events, as well as an exhibition space. Apart from the impressive mosque, the complex features a plaza encircled by the rest of the connected buildings, as it has traditionally been a part of the urban context. This creates a oasis-like effect that emphasizes the notion of the mosque as a communal space. Entering to the main plaza the worshippers walk across a spatial shift that gradually takes them from the busy environment (street, carpark) to the serene space of worship.
Then they are met with a modern porticoed courtyard and the striking mosque design inspired by the wavy silhouette of the desert dunes.