Herzog & de Meuron Basel Ltd.
4056 Basel, Switzerland
The mosque is already well advanced when Herzog & de Meuron are commissioned to plan and direct its completion.
The architects study the full richness of Arab building culture and the regional landscape.
The mosque forms a new center outside Abu Dhabi. It stands on a plinth that provides 10,000 parking spaces and is designed as a landscape with palm trees, water, canyons and pedestrian paths.
The focus on water as a central element gives the mosque complex the feel of an oasis.
To provide a greater sense of seclusion and better protection from the sun, the side arcades of the central courtyard are transformed into permeable walls with cantilevered elements over cavernous spaces.
The overall effect is calmed by removing many small domes and by streamlining the three large domes, each of which is lifted optically above the main structure by a light band.
Herzog & de Meuron propose modifications to the support grid in order to meet the requirements of the Islamic prayer rites.
The classic form of the minaret is adjusted to a more contemporary language by means of tapering, by morphing certain sections and by simplifying outlines.
Production of the presentation model with gilded domes and minarets.
- Shaik Sultan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Chairman The Works Department
- Building Data
- Site Area: 5'920'145 sqft, 550'000 sqm
- Footprint: 241'240 sqft, 22'412 sqm
- Length: 1'377 ft, 420 m
- Width: 951 ft, 290 m
- Height: 351 ft, 107 m