The play of daylight and shadow beneath a perforated roof canopy will
animate the space within a 2000sqm mosque and park adjacent to Abu
Dhabi’s World Trade Center.
AL_A won an invited competition to design the mosque which is
envisaged as a piece of the city, one that reflects the journey from the
temporal to the spiritual. Set within a park, the mosque and the garden
become one, with the trees and the columns forming an informal
vertical landscape and allowing Friday prayers to spill outside. The subtle
transition between inside and outside, between architecture and garden,
between worship and daily life reflects on the spiritual and emotive
nature of the project.
The World Trade Center, developed by Aldar Properties, is a fully
integrated mixed-use facility comprising 700,000sqm of offices,
Daylight, dappled and dramatic, will thus animate the space
and activate the senses.
The Islamic architectural tradition of arches is played out in the rhythm
of the structure, which has a slenderness and finesse achieved only
Below: part of the ground floor plan. The park is imagined as a pastoral escape
Bottom: the roof plan shows how it will form part of the landscape
Right: the minaret will be a self-supporting, latticed pillar
AL_A director Ho-Yin Ng presents renderings for a new mosque next to Abu Dhabi’s World Trade Center, where carefully controlled
natural light will create an atmosphere of peace and calm