Competitions & Awards
Msjid extension and facade renovation - Madenet Nasr, Cairo, Egypt, 2002
This is an existing Masjid in the sixth district, Madinet Nasr. It was built before more than thirty years. They need to extend it and renovate its facade and give it Islamic features. The project has many restrictions in building height and setbacks. Also, it was designed based on an old building but with extension and additional features to give the impression of Islamic architecture. Islamic architecture comprises the architectural styles of buildings associated with Islam. It encompasses religious styles from the early history of Islam to the present day. Islamic architecture developed to fulfill Islamic religious ideals, for example, the minaret was designed to assist the muezzin in making his voice heard to throughout a specific area. Beauty is a changeable quality, and, indeed, you cannot fix it anywhere in the world because it depends on a great number of known and unknown items. As a common feature, Islamic architecture makes use of specific ornamental forms, including mathematically complicated, elaborate geometric patterns, floral motifs like the arabesque, and elaborate calligraphic inscriptions, which serve to decorate a building, specify the intention of the building by the selection of the textual program of the inscriptions. The geometric or floral, interlaced forms, taken together, constitute an infinitely repeating pattern that extends beyond the visible material world.