SOM’s Arcapita Mosque in Bahrain wins mosque architecture award

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s (SOM) Arcapita Mosque has won the  Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture in the Best Local Mosque category.

The project was commended for its contemporary approach to Islamic architecture.

The mosque is part of the firm’s Arcapita Bank Headquarters in Manama, Bahrain and was selected out of more than 100 entries from the  Gulf Cooperation Council region, according to the architects.

The mosque itself is made up of a cubic structure of two levels, including prayer spaces, ablution rooms, as well as an open courtyard that faces Mecca. A 50-meter minaret sits adjacent to the mosque.

The mosque is located at the endpoint of Bahrain Bay.

The Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture was founded in 2011 and recognises architecural excellence in mosque engineering, construction and design.

This week it was also announced that SOM will be opening its office in Dubai, as well as designing a translucent dome to be heart of the Dubai Expo 2020 site.

You can also see our round up of contemporary mosque design from around the world. 






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