And when they embark on a ship, they invoke Allah, making their Faith pure for Him only, but when He brings them safely to land, behold, they give a share of their worship to others. Al Quran 29:65
This mosque building is, therefore, a sign, an embarkment of faith, a safe haven, a spiritual journey to all worshippers. We do not claim that the design has totally met what has been described in the design guideline. In fact, the additional information including the site redline, contours, Q&A, suggestive floor plans, were provided to us quite late. However, we are happy to see that the design has met at least 80 percent of what is expected and can be further developed.
The design takes advantage of the prominent location. The building can be viewed from all angles, but still visually navigable through its spatial communication. The visitor should be able to locate its access from afar. The site access on D’Urton Lane is kept, but the route to the plateau is adjusted. The location of the building footprint is placed differently from the one on the suggestive floor plan. But we think that it is better this way because 1) the drop-off can be done immediately after reaching the platform, 2) the main prayer hall can face the Qibla direction without any visual obstacle, and 3) with the building placed on one corner of the site, the external space is optimized for external courtyard and parking purposes.
The building has a total of 2,382 sq.m. It was intended to be 3 floors, but an additional floor is added for an access purpose. We try to keep the upper 2 floors as horizontal as possible in the scheme, as opposing to the tall arch representing the minaret. The ground floor of 862 sq.m. is the main prayer hall. It has a large curved curtain wall, representing the mihrab, which guarantees maximum natural light. It can accommodate up to 410 prayer mats. A sub entrance can also be found on the ground floor. The first floor is the lobby floor (377 sq.m.) with access from the internal street. The drop off is covered by the overhanging shape of the building. The visitors are welcomed in a large lobby with skylight covered by a space frame. The related functions such as a reception desk, an office, a cloak room, and an ablution area are provided. The second floor of 392 sq.m. is the Lady’s prayer hall with its own ablution area, and a childcare facility. It is positioned on top of the main prayer hall with a concave glazed wall in order to provide clear views into it. The third floor of 753 sq.m. is the library floor with other supporting functions such as an ablution area, a meeting room, and a community room. All spaces are flexible. The vertical circulations are found on the perimeter of the building so that the space of the main prayer hall can be kept clear. The staircase down to the main prayer hall is found on the right, one to the lady’s prayer hall on the left, and the lifts are found towards the rear-left. Placed along the buildings’ curved geometry, the stairs have got unique curvy shapes with a subtle light flushing against the curved wall.