Design Brief :
Dubai Creek Harbour occupies the ideal Dubai location. Only 10 minutes’ drive from Downtown
Dubai and 15 minutes away from Dubai International Airport, residents and visitors alike will have seamless access to two major Dubai roads, Al Khail Road and Ras Al Khor Road.
At the shore of Dubai Creek is the Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the few protected urban areas in the world, home to flocks of pink flamingos and 450 other animal species. Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy life in an ideal location close to water and nature in remarkable surroundings.
99 names of Allah :
The Dubai Creek Mosque design was inspired by creating a building that
can play with the concept of light and shadow, the feeling of being
elevated through light (God is light) was rendered through
creating perforated elements (Allah’s 99 names) which will cast their
light inwards throughout the day to the worshipers as they pray, the
light of the names will appear on them.
At night on the other hand those elements (Allah’s 99 names) will light outwards so the people outside the mosque can see them.
The Half Dome Massing :
The overall massing of the
Mosque was designed as a half dome, for two reasons; the first was to
allow the people approaching the main entrance of the mosque to be able
to see the names lighting through the inside before entering the mosque
itself through the full glass elevation, the second reason is to play
with the idea of allowing several floor accesses inside and out,
creating more viewing opportunities towards the interior of the mosque and the Dubai Creek Scenery creating more of a vertical circulation concept.
The Movable shaders with Qur’an verses:
The movable shaders which are cut into four different sections, each
perforated with a different verse from the Qur’an, is a novel design
where the mosque can comply with the different shadow opportunities
through the day (5 prayers, Sun (Thuhur, Aser, Maghreb)), creating an
effect in different times of the prayers where one can see a verse
though the shadow casted on the outdoor area plaza of the mosque. By the
time of Aser one can see all three verses complete.