Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016.
After a difficult life and the loss of her husband and near relatives, the client donated a part of her land for a mosque to be built. A temporary structure was erected. After her death, her grand-daughter, an architect, acted on her behalf as fundraiser, designer, client and builder to bring the project to completion. In an increasingly dense neighbourhood of Dhaka, the Mosque was raised on a plinth on a site axis creating a 13-degree angle with the qibla direction, which called for innovation in the layout. A cylindrical volume was inserted into a square, facilitating a rotation of the prayer hall, and forming light courts on four sides. The hall is a space raised on eight peripheral columns. Ancillary functions are located in spaces created by the outer square and the cylinder. The plinth remains vibrant throughout the day with children playing and elderly men chatting and waiting for the call to prayer. Funded and used by locals, and inspired by Sultanate mosque architecture, it breathes through porous brick walls, keeping the prayer hall ventilated and cool. Natural light brought in through a skylight is ample for the daytime.
Source: Aga Khan Trust for Culture
Design 2005-2006, construction 2007-2012, completion 2012
Six Jordanian Architects Talk: Winning Projects of the 13th Cycle (2014-2016) of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Produced by Mohammad al-Asad and the Center for the Study of the Built Environment, Amman, Jordan, Six Jordanian Architects Talk features Ayman Zuaiter, Meisa Batayneh, Rami Daher, Sahel Al Hiyari, Leen Fakhoury, and Mohammed Khaled speaking about the six winning projects of the 13th cycle (2014-2016) of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. The video is in Arabic with English sub-titles.