غدا بالعلم لا بالترهات


Second place winner in ITHRA Mosque Competition. Partners: Sarah Al adayleh, Igor Peraza and Maria Oliver

Conceived as a celestial theater, the Deira Waterfront Mosque follows Islam’s beliefs on community and equality. Both male and female, performing the ritual of prayer, acquire a non-identitarian and homogeneous character in order to submit to the orders of humbleness and spirituality under the presence of God. 


Through the use of subtle volumes, both, men and women interact harmoniously throughout the interior and exterior context. Seen from all directions, the subtle piece is a reminder of Sinan’s metaphor “in every corner is a rose garden of Paradise”. Every side of the urban piece acquires a different trait as it interacts with the users and the physical and symbolic context of the place: the boulevard at the north, the park at the east, the street at the south, and the direction of Mecca at the west.



As a significant urban and religious piece, the volume is both, the end and the beginning of a symbolic narrative. At the boulevard side, north of the site, the mosque is accessed through a monumental sinuous veil that contains the entrance to the women’s prayer space and embraces the men’s two-story prayer hall. The veil, a sinuous surface composed of perforated panels, allows for the entrance of natural light and the projection of artifi - cial illumination. Similar to the function of the minaret, the façade illuminates during the call of the prayer, syncretizing both, acoustical and visual attributes. 




From the ground, males observe the blurry actions of the female gender; from the top, women gaze at the male’s prayer space, and from the filtered panels of exterior GRC, God gazes at the communal prayer assembly and the body prostration of the congregation.