Design: Sheikh Zayed Mosque, 6th of October

Almost a decade after collaborating with Arch. Mohamed Amer, on the Grand Hassan Sharbatly Mosque in New Cairo, Arch. Amer approached me again in 2015 for a second collaboration, also on a mosque, this time in 6th of October.

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Arch. Amer came up with the concept, while I handled the Design development, 3D experimentation, up until design approval, and was in charge of overseeing the production of the basic set of Construction Drawings.

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The mosque tries to blend the Islamic Heritage with contemporary design inspirations, making use of huge glass surfaces to channel natural light inside the prayer hall.

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The Plan is derived from the Islamic Octagram (Eight-Pointed Star) known as the Rub el Hizb, is an Islamic symbol, represented as two overlapping squares. It is a feature derived directly from the holy Qur’an.

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The star is utilized as a form generator, thus it’s main body is used as prayer halls, and the 8 surrounding triangles are utilized to house the mosque’s other functions: various
entrances, washing rooms, storage, and the Imam’s quarters.

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The strong angles of the form spills out and continues as form generator in the landscape, thus providing the project with a strong sense of unity, and a flow between indoor and outdoor.

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Project name: Sheikh Zayed Mosque (Unnamed yet)
Location: 6th of October City, Cairo
Status: Under Construction
Project Area: approx. 1400 m2

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