Mayor Mohammad Hanif Jame Mosque
By : SHATOTTO architecture for green living
GRANDS PRIX DU DESIGN – 14e édition
Discipline : Architecture
Categories : Public Building / Cultural Building : Gold Certification
Located adjacent to the Azimpur graveyard in Lalbagh, a historical area established by the Mughals over 400 years ago, the Mayor Mohammad Hanif Jame Mosque is a threshold space. Much of the new design was inspired by the Khan Mohammad Mridha Mosque near Lalbagh and the Azam Shah Mosque built by the Mughals in the Lalbagh Fort.
The updated design serves as a departure from traditional mosques in both physical and philosophical designs, combining old and new ideas into a contemporary concept. A key feature derived from the Mughal mosque was the “Shaan” – a type of extended open-to-sky terrace attached to the entrance of the main hall. The Shaan provides additional space to accommodate large numbers of devotees during larger gatherings of Jame prayer on Fridays, Eid prayers and other special occasions. Any other time, it acts as a social space for the community.
The main concept of the Mosque is to create a window between terrestrial life and celestial life in a systematic and poetic way. People entering the Shaan from the south road pass through what is essentially a veil between realms where they are met with the main hall to the east and a bridge of glass and steel framing the graveyard to the north. Upon this bridge is an engraving reminding us of a phrase from the Holy Qur’an: “Indeed we belong to Allah, and indeed to Him we will return." [Qur’an, 2:156]
Architect : SHATOTTO architecture for green living