Take one part sculpture, one part landscape, and one part building, put together, stir gently, and pour out onto an urban plaza, Voila! You’ve got yourself a remarkably bold space for contemplation.
Rising out from a reflecting pool, there’s no missing these sloping and gem-like forms. From afar they act as a hill or abstract rock, face, edging one side of the urban square. Closer in, they are more like sculptural elements, with the building itself being split to fit within many of the forms, all connected via glass walkways that allow the water to flow freely.
Inside the geologic forms continue, both rising from the floor or pushing down from overhead to create a nice complex interior geometry. It’s a balancing act, but it remains mostly in the realm of “visually engaging” without devolving into “cacophony of random stuff.” Little bits of light and water play out continually as you travel, in a ritual fashion, from space to space.
I dig it (pun semi intended). Something inventive and playful married with old tradition. Very nifty.
Al Musallah Prayer Hall by CEBRA
(Who also did the Iceberg apartments in Aarhus! See them mid-way in this post here…)