The design development process of the dome for this mosque prompted the architect to produce a standardised dome design system. The intention was to facilitate middle and lower income communities to build and renovate their own mosques without the need for highly skilled labour. Using computer modelling techniques, a ‘web-dome’ structural frame and diamond-shaped cladding panel form evolved. Careful detailing and galvanising enables metal to be used for both elements, with a soft internal ceiling to mitigate echoes. A funnel-shaped apex draws hot air through a hole that is sheltered from rain by an ornamental crown. This also allows fresh air to be drawn into the dome.
Ar Rahmah Mosque Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2010.
Presentation panels are drawings, images, and text graphically prepared by the architect and submitted to the Aga Khan Award for Architecture during the later round of the Award cycle. The portfolios are kept in the Aga Khan Trust for Culture Library for consultation purposes.