MOSQU AL SIBTAYN

Samar Ali Khan
Designing a Mosque is to provide people a place of worship and congregation, in an area which is not highly populated with Muslims. Therefore this will drive people from the surrounding areas and boroughs to this mosque for prayers. The main purpose of a Mosque isn’t just to provide people a place to pray in. Rather a social & community centre which brings the community members together, regardless of race, background or faith. As a Mosque is created in the light of providing a complete community centre, which is a place of worship, a place to gather for times of celebration and grief, hence the annual congregational prayers and funeral prayers and gatherings. Having enough space, there can be academic institutes (madrasa), conference, lecture area, library space and exhibition area. The intention for looking for an empty site, that can be built on basis of the real Islamic teachings and traditions. To show and present to people that they do not need to be intimidated.

This mosque has opportunities and facilities to accommodate a diverse audience, Prayers for Ladies and Gents in the main prayer hall, on ground and first floor levels. As well as Madrassa (schooling) on first floor, which has classes big enough to accommodate other non-Islamic effects for hire. The green standing seam copper was inspired by the Green Dome 'Masjid Al Nabawi' Prophet's Mosque in Medina, as the colour green also symbolize peace in Islam. A colonnade that has arches in which there are benches for people to sit on, and also to socialise in the colonnade and anyone, a non user of the building can walk through to get the experience. The basement floor is a complete integration of library and workspace as well as nomadic work spaces for Muslims and non-Muslims. There are computer rooms and workspace rooms and a children's library/play area. As well as an exhibition area right under the glass courtyard of the ground floor to allow natural light.