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Islamic Faith Museum

Location information

Location: Middle East
Country: Saudi Arabia
City: Mecca
Address: Seven kilometers from the Grand Holy Mosque

General information

Started: 2016 year
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Technical details

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Design and construction

Architect: Mossessian Architecture
Style: garden, cube, cascade, spiral, Asymmetric architecture
Building Uses: Museum, art center, library, conference centre, restaurant, school

Islamic Faith Museum by Mossessian Architecture

Islamic Faith Museum in Mecca

Islamic Faith Museum


Islamic Faith Museum
London based Mossessian Architecture, in collaboration with Paris based exhibition architects Studio Adeline Rispal, has won a competition to design a museum of Islamic faith in the city of Mecca.
The Makkah Museum will be located seven kilometers from the Grand Holy Mosque, which is visited by millions of Muslims each year. The museum "will offer a unique interpretation and reflection of faith to the millions of Muslims who visit Makkah from around the world and who, up until this point, have had no cultural institution of this kind to enhance their visit to the holiest of Muslim cities," write the architects.
Islamic Faith Museum
Its program includes a public reception space, 5,600 square-meters of permanent and temporary exhibition galleries, an auditorium, an educational space, a book store, a roof garden, and a restaurant.
The exhibition scenography is placed at the core of the museum. Studio Adeline Rispal designed the core of the building, which is occupied by a void that visitors ascend as they pass through the exhibition galleries. Mossessian Architecture supplemented this by designing a continuous ramp system and a spiral staircase used to circulate the void. In one of the gallery spaces at the base of the spiral, visitors "can gaze up at the 99 Beautiful Names of Allah inscribed on the underside of the cupola formed by the spiral."
Islamic Faith Museum
"As visitors journey through the museum, they learn about the life of the prophet through exhibits and panoramic films installed to either side of the ramp, ultimately arriving at a ‘garden of delight’ at the top of the building." These geometric gardens form spaces where visitors can comfortably gather even in the hottest months of the year.
The design also proposes using stones sourced from countries all over the world where Islam is practiced for the exterior, and Hijaz rock from the mountains of Mecca for the interior walls. (via ArchDaily)
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