HOK-Designed KAPSARC Mosque Win Faith & Form Honor Award for Religious Art & Architecture
Faith & Form has announced that the HOK-designed KAPSARC community mosque in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, won a 2014 Honor Award for Religious Art & Architecture.
“Jury members agreed that religious art and architecture are flourishing throughout the world, and that artists, architects, liturgical designers, students, and others are exploring ways to balance tradition with new demands of religious practice. The landscape of sacred space is changing, along with dramatic shifts in organized religion. And while those seismic events are greatest among the world’s more traditional and established religions, the jury noted that the award winners, and many who made submissions to the awards program, have chosen not to be identified by just their traditions—a choice that the jury celebrated as courageous, creative, and vital if traditional faith communities are to survive.”
The community masjid, or mosque, is the spiritual center of the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center’s residential development. A series of outdoor courtyards provide a formal progression toward the mosque, located in the middle of the site’s central green space. The courtyards have an axial alignment toward Mecca and the Kaaba. Surrounded by a reflective pool, the mosque is elevated three feet above the adjacent outdoor spaces. This pool glows at night, creating the illusion that the building is levitating over water. Worshipers enter the mosque by climbing floating stone steps and traversing a glass bridge over the reflective pool.