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Top 10 most beautiful mosques from around the world

Floating Mosque, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Floating Mosque, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Sultan Omar Ali_Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

Sultan Omar Ali_Saifuddin Mosque, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

Xining Dongguan Great Mosque, China.

Xining Dongguan Great Mosque, China.

Mosque being a place of worship for Muslims worldwide, typically incorporate traditional designs and a strict structure including a dome and minarets. But with the world turning to contemporary design, where does that leave classical mosque designs?
Globally, countless architects and designers showed us that sticking to the typical guidelines to designing mosques is not the only way of presenting this place of worship- mosques are also forms of architecture that can be interpreted through modern design.
10 most beautiful mosques from around the world to celebrate the beauty of Islamic design.

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Article Written by : Aidan Imanova

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FXFOWLE looks forward to new contemporary developments in KSA

Museum of the Built Environment by FXFOWLE

Museum of the Built Environment by FXFOWLE


Having designed 10 buildings in the King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), architectural firm FXFOWLE Architects is certainly setting the stage for upcoming developments on the 1.6 million square meter site, situated in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Ranging from mosques and museums to residential and office buildings, the New York-based firm was handpicked by Saudi Arabian real estate developer, Rayadah Investment Company, to deliver contemporary design solutions across its various projects. However, designing for a diverse Islamic country meant that the architectural team needed to educate themselves to understand the cultural and religious nuances that define the culture of Riyadh.

Amongst the first things Sudhir Jambhekar did when he found out they were designing a mosque in KAFD, was to send two architects to gather information from the imam at New York City’s largest mosque.“We had to undertake an intense research process in order to be able to philosophically understand meanings and the importance of certain rituals. From there we could attempt to present a modern re-interpretation in our designs,” explains Jambhekar, senior partner at FXFOWLE.

For example, when designing the residential and commercial towers on plot 5.05, one of the seven plots that FXFOWLE designed for, the architects were especially sensitive to the cross views that could arise from having the towers located at close proximity to each other. According to Jambhekar, the placement of the plot was such that the office building would look into the residential building. After a series of design innovations, the designers decided to have the building’s façade fitted with a thin layer of marble laminated on a panel of vision glass so as to direct views away from the residential building. As a result, on-lookers in the commercial building will be able to see a translucent wall on one end instead of peering into the residential units.

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Written By: Zeinab Saiwalla

Source: DesignMENA

Discovering the Poetry and Soul in Design

For the past nine years, Abhay Wadhwa has been fortunate to share 30 hours of intense design studio time over six hour grueling sessions with the students at the Lighting Research Center at RPI. The class strength ranges between 8 and 12 students each year in the fall, and the students are always from diverse educational backgrounds- architecture, interior design, physics, engineering to name a few. The dialog that ensues has always been very rich and rewarding, where the structure of the class prompts debate, research, readings and finally culminates in a concept design presentation for two separate projects.

The first project is a group project and referred as DP1. This year, the project was to develop the exterior and landscape lighting for a proposed Czech Embassy in Washington DC.

The second project is an individual project and referred as DP2. The students were asked to develop the interior and exterior lighting for a proposed mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Both projects required the final submissions to be a product of critical inquiry into the architectural, technical and cultural aspects of these spaces, keeping client expectations and aspirations in mind. The students were urged to explore poetic and soulful solutions inspired by the aspects mentioned above.

We were all very pleased with the final project submissions- and thrilled that students with different educational backgrounds and from different parts of the world worked together to explore the paradigms that impact lighting design, and aspire to make a difference by creating poetic, soulful and evocative spaces.

We would love to hear from you on what you think of the work.

DP2 Student Presentations:

Xin Cao-DP2-Presentation
Joey Fala-DP2-Presentation
Kenneth Lush-DP2-Presentation
Lochana Palayangoda-DP2-Presentation
Prathika Appaiah-DP2-Presentation
Indika Perera-DP2-Presentation
Difei Chen-DP2-Presentation
Ute Besenecker-DP2-Presentation