Jame'unnas Cultue Complex
competition 2018, 1.Place
Our design for the central mosque of Dammam blends together tradition, modernity and future. While the whole structure recalls the traditional tent structures as well as dessert sand dunes or waves of the sea, the materials and details speak the language of modernity.As for the technical concept for air conditioning, our design looks towards the future incorporating sustainable technical features.The central mosque of Dammam has been designed as a community center. The complex, located at the King Fahad Park, is placed over a plateau, rising slightly from the ground level.The existing park has partly been reorganized around the new structure in order to fuse both elements as one. The entrance plaza has been redesigned and extended over the street to achieve a traffic calming zone. For the VIP we propose a separated entrance on the east side of the complex. The building complex is conceived as a unity; praying room, cultural center, bazaar and the other diverse facilities gather together forming a united whole. All these different functions are covered under the structure of a tent, which transforms into a Dome in its highest point over the praying room. On its sides, the tent lifts up forming two slender minarets.