Recipient of the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 1989.
The powerful silhouette of this mosque, one of three set as pavilions along the corniche of Jeddah, facing the Red Sea, proclaims to all the presence of Islam. Classically Islamic in form, it has been rethought and transformed to serve contemporary purposes. Technologically, this building reflects the architect's extensive research in the methods whereby Egyptian mosques of the traditional high culture were built. The entire structure is of brick coated with plaster except for the dome interior in which the bricks are exposed and painted a dark bronze colour. The prayer hall itself is at the centre of a composition that includes the mihrab, projecting outward from the eastern wall just below an oculus, an entrance porch covered by a catenary vault and a square-based minaret with an octagonal shaft. The jury commended the architect "for the effort to compose formal elements in ways that bespeak the present and at the same time reflect the luminous past of Islamic societies."
Sugish, Haroon. 1999. Traditional Architecture Finds a Royal Patron, Part II. In Alam al-Bina. Abdelbaki Mohamed Ibrahim (ed). Cairo: Center for Planning and Architectural Studies, 6-9/214.
This article was first published in the Arts Magazine.
As the locus of the life system eminating from the Holy Quran and the Prophetic Sunna, architecture is inevitably either the engine of Islamic tradition, propelling the collective social and cultural legacy of Islam down through the ages, or its nemesis, decimating it. (From the preface to Part I in issue 213.)