Al Sabbah Musalla is one of the Awarded projects at the International Architecture Awards 2018 hosted by Architecture Podium. Al Sabbah Musalla designed by Polypod was submitted under Cultural (Built) and was selected among the 586 Registrations received from the globe at IAA 2018. ‘International Architecture Awards 2018′ competition concluded successfully its submissions previous month, with some creative and innovative projects from across the globe under various building categories. Architecture Podium has been hosting these Awards for quite some years now and has gained great popularity among the architecture and design fraternity. With its panel of esteemed jury members comprising professionals and designers from various expertise, AP has been delivering quite astonishing projects as Winners of the Awards. Some of the past Winners includes names like Aedas, TerreformOne, Rockwell Group, Pepe Gascon Arquitectura, Morphogenesis, Dada & Partners, Nadaaa, XTEN Architecture, Mecanoo, ABIBOO Architecture and many more from across the globe etc.
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Global Architecture & Design Awards 2018 – Results
Following are the project details:
To give thanks, the client gifted land to build a small 500 sqm community prayer hall within a meditation garden in Nabatiyeh, Lebanon.
Clad wholly with local stone, the prayer hall is a leaning white cube. Following the approach over a stone bridge, one enters through an eight-meter high by one-meter wide slit leading to a juncture. Narrow stairs continue up a meandering path to a roof prayer space. The entrance to the main prayer hall is along a triangular promontory that points to the Qibla.
The directional form is adorned with mystical calligraphy, a modern composition of the twenty-nine Qoranic keys, listing the name and number of the sura each opens. The freestanding wall also holds the single letters that form the keys.
The interior is lit by five bands of horizontal windows made of translucent local marble, diffusing the light through the natural grain. In contrast, an oculus high up in the ceiling leads focused sunlight onto the manbar.
The design has its roots and proportions in Islamic traditions prevalent at the time of the Prophet and reinterprets the spatial experience for a contemporary audience.
The Musalla uses only local stone and uses passive cooling and thermal walls to minimize its impact on the environment and engage the local community in its construction.