We are proud to announce the design of Saleh Al Rajhi Mosque for our partners Waqf Sulaiman Al-Rajhi. Located in King Fahad District on King Abdullah Road, this architectural marvel sits prominently displaying a unique composition of historical forms and contemporary Islamic elements. The philosophy was based on harnessing Arab elements, inspired by the tent in order to solidify the Arab Islamic identity.
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Alrajhi Grand Mosque
Cultural Architecture Concept
We are happy to say that it is eligible to achieve a LEED Gold Certificate under the new construction rating system. The building’s carbon footprint is reduced through early analysis of interrelationships among water and energy systems to achieve high-performance and cost effectiveness.
Given the proximity to the Metro station, the project follows the Royal Commission for Riyadh City (RCRC), Transit Oriented Development (TOD) department regulations. With the support of TOD, we created an integrated and attractive public realm with seamless access that connects the Mosque to the station through pedestrian friendly landscaped walkways. The mosque will be a welcoming icon for worshipers coming by metro, vehicles, or walking.
Scope of Work:
- Architect of Record (AOR)
- Architecture and Interiors Concept Design
- Schematic Design
- Detailed Design
- Issued for Tender (IFT)
- Issued for Construction (IFC)
- Traffic Impact Study (TIS)
The idea of tents shaping the mosque’s roof is quite convenient as a Mosque tent is a very contemporary and influential piece of Islamic architecture. It allows for a unique ceiling look and height, which creates the perception of spaciousness and adds an expansive grand look. It also helps fill the space with abundant natural light, which gives the feeling of tranquility while offering other positive effects such as making the space much more inviting and comfortable for worshippers.
These tents have ample space for air circulation, they do not only provide great shelter from the sun, but also are strong against winds and other harsh weather conditions. They are mostly used in Muslim majority areas of the world and are designed in many different styles which can be beautiful. Tents are durable, waterproof, and can be fire resistant.
Islamic architecture has left a particular footprint in the world. All throughout history, Mosque tents have been the center of attraction of many architectural exhibitions in the Muslim world. Muslim societies have always been using Mosque tents since the times of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH). The architecture of modern mosques has evolved to be very elaborate these times, but no matter how grand, a mosque always welcomes a visitor with simple open spaces, wide corridors, elegant well-lit halls, marbled domes, wide arches, and minarets, along with the crescent moon, which all represent symbols of a mosque across all the diverse Muslim cultures. The unique look of Al Rajhi mosque is inspired by an Arab or a Bedouin’s tent, Arabs and Bedouins are the nomadic tribes in Arabia and their quick-to-setup tents are a symbol of their hard but natural way of life. The creative design of Al Rajhi Grand Mosque only adds to a worshipper’s connection with the Almighty. Al Rajhi Grand Mosque is a symbol of national pride for Riyadh, as well as a popular site for foreigners and tourists from other parts of the country or abroad.
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