AL DANA MOSQUE

AL DANA MOSQUE

Architect
X-Architects
Location
Abu Dhabi - UAE
Project Year
2017
Category
Mosques

AL DANA MOSQUE

X-Architects as Architects

A public seaside promenade facing the marina provides a unique setting for this Jame’e Mosque. Inspired by its context and sitting in harmony with its surroundings, the formal language of this mosque derives from a reinterpretation of traditional Islamic architecture, suggesting a new reading while maintaining the essence of them.


The design approach investigates geometry, scale, and architectural language, and looks at them from a new perspective that reflects the intellect, aspiration, and vision of this nation. The end product is multi-faceted in nature, by corresponding to numerous factors and considerations, all of which interact to create a mosque that is avant-garde and yet deeply rooted in its culture and context.


The traditional sahan has been reimagined as a plaza, transforming the site into an urban connector and public space, allowing for the mosque to become part of its context. The leaning dome, inspired by the shifting sand dunes of the desert, plays a pivotal role in defining the mosque as an urban lantern at night. During the day, the high oculus brings daylight into the space, forming a spiritual connection with the earthy interior and the heavenly skies.

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