Contemporary Modern Mosque

Updated on January 4, 2022 in Architecture Rumbling

There are many modern churches around the world, catching up in term of design are mosques around the world. With access to better knowledge, the world has witness a wave of modern mosques. Here’s an interesting proposal. Unfortunately, not many other religion around the world has the flexibility. Temples around the world are still constructed according to the same ‘traditional’ design, only a small number of them are of modern design, such as Tadao Ando’s Water Temple in Japan. Modern Temples, a great thesis topic.

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Contemporary Modern Mosque
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Contemporary Modern Mosque
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  1. Intersting idea. Acording to my religion and his bible “parameters” are set from a Divine Source in order to be implemented accordingly.

    • Nice design. Islam is not culture of Arab countries. Islam is Deen , way of life . Muslim countries should unique design masjids , invite non Muslims , dawah .
      Majority of non Muslim thinks Islam is Arab traditions. That is not reality .
      Islam is uncorrupted deen of Prophet Adam , all Messengers and last messenger of Allah .

  2. The internals present a fascinating concept in every respect.

    The externals are debatable, however.

    The first thing I thought of was the Grand Mosque of Mecca, painted white, on its side, slipping into quick sand.

    I’m pretty sure that is not the impression the designers had in mind.

    However, the deeper idea that the entire building is bowing down like the people inside (and representing them) is very enduring.

    Thanks for the post.

    • I fully agree with TJD’s comment. While I very much love the spatial concept, I don’t really like the exterior.

  3. I appreciate your efforts as a architectural building design, it is very good and unique design but for as mosque from the inside its ok, but from the outside it should be some Islamic touch, like mogul architectural, Russian architectural or Arab architectural.

  4. Thanks a lot to share this with us :D
    But can you imagine that according to the Islamic law it’s prohibited to decor or ornament the mosque.
    I’m in first year in Architecture and Muslim as well. I tries to collect the Islamic laws which related to Architecture what I found is that what people call “Islamic Architecture” is basically not Islamic I mean it broke lots of what Islam said. And the main idea about Architecture in Islam is simplicity and the people needs.
    And Islam is not for Arab or call people to follow the Arab traditions. Muslims told by the Islamic law to follow the lifestyle of where they live without breaking the Islamic law, That means Muslims in England for example should build their Mosques with English style.

    • Jazak Allah kheir for sharing that! Very happy to see that viewpoint. And all the best in your architecture studies! I’m aspiring to get into design as well. There’s a massive under-representation of Muslims in large-scale design.

    • I guess .. Islam being so old.. it might be interpreted that build according to climate and natural materials. Just a thought.

      • Hussain Alrashidi.. please share your findings about architecture in islam. Right now students are tough Islamic architecture… Which as u described may not be Islamic in true Sense.

  5. Nice concept. The exterior needs a bit of detailing to make it stand out. Maybe thin borders with monochrome inscriptions.

    Contrary to what the previous commentators are saying, there are absolutely no stipulations or rules on a specific architectural “styles”. The most critical is the function of the mosque which requires a qibla(or similar) for orientation purposes and of course a communal area for the worshippers which you have covered in your design.

    I like what you did with the light,water and reflections.

  6. hi
    i am a architect and muselm. i like your mosque but it has a big problem.the prayers must be in the same level…Islam say all the prayers must in the same level.

  7. excuse me..can any architect here explain for me the concept of this mosque(as fast as you can)..please

  8. The concept is interesting but do not really evoke the emotion of an islamic building except for the presence of the minaret-it could pass off as an modern cathedral.

    However certain details need to be look at such as multi levels of prayer safs which is impractical and not according to islamic rule.

  9. hi,i am a student of architecture,
    d concept is really awsme , making d entire mosque prostrate ,ma sha allah!!
    but a gr8 point to be corrected ,are d lvls inside prayer hall..
    islam preaches equality to modification of tat part alone..will make dis mosque mo perfect n suit its purpose

  10. Nice concept. However there are a few religious rules concering this design that would make it flawed. The first is as some mentioned the prayers should be on the same level. To show equality as well as that the prayer requires outmost concentration, it is a ritual that creates a spiritual connection between the person and God. Having different levels will cause distractions for the people praying on top and cut that connection. The same thing applies for the windows in the lower level. People will be having so many distractions from what they would see infront of them or on their sides since this applies on the side windows as well.

    • This comment contains inaccuracies. There are no formal rules regarding Islamic architecture in the Quran. There are several rules regarding iconography, artistic representation of human form, etc.; but the “rules” regarding architecture are extrapolations and are not expressly written out in the Quran. There are general premises regarding the direction mosques face, etc. but those are drawn from practical convention and nothing in what is presented would contradict that.

      Regarding this- and other- comments’ assertion that congregants be on the “same level” with regard to “equality;” there is absolutely no written text or formal rule this stems from. In fact most mosques- especially those in the West, have two levels of prayer- a separate balcony prayer space for women. The tiered concept would only be an issue if certain tiers were reserved based on class/race/etc. That could happen regardless of tiering (ie declaring the first row is only available to the upper class).

      This design is amazing. Love it!!

  11. Hi, Iam a architecture student and my suggestion .the concept is realy realy outstanding and awesome.the problem is only the prayer is must in same level because in prayer in front of allah all the peoples are equal.

  12. Stunning. I’m a Westerner and raised Muslim. I belong to a progressive Muslim congregation in Washington, DC. I find this design to be poetic, inspiring and transcendent. It speaks to me, as a Western Muslim. Bravo.. Salam/Peace/Shalom!

  13. In Bandung, Indonesia, there is a mosque with similar design. The similarity is in the view of water surface in the front of the building. But in Bandung, the floor is flat. In Bandung, the wall around the building has small hole in the lower part of the wall in order to enable fresh air passing by the wall. The name of the mosque is Al Irsyad Kotabaru Parahyangan. The architect was Mr Ridwan Kamil which is now the major of Bandung City, Indonesia.

  14. I liked the structure of the mosque. But surrounding area is too bare .. we are fighting global warming and architects should incorporate more vegetation in design. Instead of building shades with columns and roofs if possible just plant trees which can provide shade.

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