Modern Islamic architecture represents a fusion of a rich Islamic artistic heritage with new forms and styles. The designs are contemporary and tend to be more abstract, while still celebrating Islamic aesthetics and cultural heritage. Most importantly, it is that created for or by Muslim communities around the world.
We looked at some of the exciting designs that are coming out of the Islamic architectural design space and were blown away by these magnificent creations.
Museum of the Future, Dubai
A 255ft architectural masterpiece, set to open in 2021, was activated for the National Day celebrations with the temporary installation of 49 Claypaky #Mythos² within its central void. Image Source: Rishad Photography
Al Fozan Roundabout, Khobar
Roundabout in Khobar, Saudi Arabia designed by Mimar Group.
Image Source: Nour El Refai, Behance.net
Al Dana Mosque, Abu Dabi
Dubai-based X-Architects has designed Al Dana Mosque in Abu Dhabi, complete with leaning domes that evokes the shifting sand dunes of its nearby environment. Image Source: www.middleeastarchitect.com
Mosque of Light, Dubai
Mumbai-based architecture firm NUDES has proposed a contemporary mosque design for Emaar’s Creek Mosque competition, using geometric forms to sculpt light as the central element of the project. Image Source: www.middleeastarchitect.com
The Ismail And Miriam Ebrahim Islamic Centre, Hermanus
A personal favourite because it’s right here in South Africa. Located at 51 Main Road in the Hermanus CBD, the building was formerly a church that was purchased by the Ebrahim brothers of Oasis fame. Love that gorgeous minaret. Image Source: Facebook
Islamic Museum of Australia, Melbourne
Located in Thornbury, Victoria, in a suburb of Melbourne, this recently completed museum was designed to be a “positive dispeller of stereotypes,” a place that promotes cultural awareness and understanding without exploiting cliche expressions of Islamic symbolism. Image Source: www.greenprophet.com