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New Preston Mosque, Lancashire, UK by AIDIA STUDIO


Rhinoceros 3D, Grasshopper, AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign

Concept – Design

Religious Architecture › Mosque

The challenge for the architect firm was designing a place of worship regardless of faith. Registering in its conception the evolution of faith, that of Islam and absorbing into its design architecture from a modern world.

Their approach places the Mosque on a high point which already gives it the feeling of ascent and the start of the journey. Various rooms circulate around the ceremonial hall being the core of the complex and protecting the sanctity of the most important space.

The site points towards Mecca and is orientated around an axis that sets up a grid which everything clings to including the car park and main pillars of the Mosque.

The main repeated feature is the archetypal ‘Pointed Arch’ that bridges the historical Mosque form with a modern world view of architecture settling the Mosque into the present. Technically the pointed arch is stronger and allows for greater spans of space giving the Mosque large internal volumes and generous amounts of light and space.