Saturday19 August 2017

Mossessian wins competition for Islamic museum in Mecca

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Architect was chosen with Studio Adeline Rispal

Mossessian Architecture has won an invited competition to design a museum of the Islamic faith in Mecca.

The Makkah Museum, as it will be known, will be the first of its kind in the Saudi city considered the most holy by Muslims. It will be 7km from the Grand Holy Mosque.

The project was won with Parisian exhibition architecture practice Studio Adeline Rispal and the design of the building stems from the exhibition concept.

A helical void will be at the heart of the museum as a “virtual minaret” which visitors will ascend via ramps flanked by displays. At the top they will arrive at a “garden of delight” – a series of climactically regulated geometric gardens usable even in the hottest months. 

A parallel spiral stair will take visitors back down to a gallery at the base. From this space visitors can look up and see the 99 Beautiful Names of Allah inscribed on the underside of the cupola formed by the ascending spiral.

The museum will include public reception space, 5,600sq m of permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, an auditorium, educational space, a book shop, roof garden and restaurant.

The exterior walls will use stone sourced from all of the countries where Islam is practised. The interior will use Hijaz rock from the local mountains of Mecca.



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  • The design will be based on the inevitable radioactive crater that will be Mecca?

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    @ Keith Hodson are you saying the Israelis are going to nuke Mecca?

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  • Na Israel won't nuke Mecca, too close to home and they both love 'Merica too much

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