The Mosque design forms a key part of the KASC Masterplan. It is located to one side of the Entrance Plaza and the Ceremonial Entrance Route. The form of the Mosque echoes that of sand dunes as well as the geometry of traditional domes.
The elements of the mosque are honed to their essence and reassembled, not in decorative reflection of their visual history, but as a stripped down symbol of the essence of their cultural and construction origins. Here the historic form of the traditional mosque dome and the sinusoidal wave form of barchan dunes from the surrounding desert are united to create the shape of the building.
The curves act to assist the structural forces in the long span structure; the structural columns act as a filter between internal and external worlds of prayer. Internally, the interwoven structure of the qiblah wall, oriented to the Kaaba in Mecca, acts both as a symbolic and religious device, and as an integral part of the earthquake resistance of the building.
ARCHITECTURE AND STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING UNITE THE SENSIBILITY OF A HISTORIC MOSQUE DOME WITH THE SINUSOIDAL WAVEFORM OF THE DESERT BARCHAN DUNE.
The design incorporates modern as well as traditional materials and reinterprets tradition with designs derived from ancient Islamic patterns.
The cladding to the square is parametrically derived with an arcade that subtly adjusts over its length to become ever larger cladding panels. Recessed panels are perforated to allow light and air to penetrate to meet the internal requirements. At the entrance the facade steps to create a generous covered area.
The roof is curved in form and is tiled , echoing the domes found locally. Internally day lit ablution areas are provided with tiled foot and hand wash areas. The Prayer Hall geometry responds to the outer facade and roof geometry.
The focus of the Prayer Hall is the Qiblah Wall which is formed with a structural concrete lattice, clad in crema marfil stone with translucent onyx panels.