102 quarter-spherical concrete domes adorn punchbowl mosque by candalepas associates

102 quarter-spherical concrete domes adorn punchbowl mosque by candalepas associates

a new architectural western sydney landmark, the punchbowl mosque by australian firm candalepas associates reinterprets traditional islamic architecture elements through a contemporary, unassuming and, at times, brutalist lense. built for the australian islamic mission (AIM), the mosque incorporates a sculptural concrete ceiling of 102 quarter-spherical ‘muqarnas’, a reference to traditional ornamental vaulting.

102 quarter-spherical concrete domes adorn punchbowl mosque by candalepas associatesall images by rory gardiner



candalepas associates has developed a complex of buildings for the punchbowl mosque, including learning and religious worship facilities for the local muslim community. constructed during phase one, the mosque itself can be accessed through the first of the two courtyards of the development, and can accommodate approximately 300 worshipers. upon entrance, men and women separate, with male worshipers moving to the main prayer hall through the compressed entry awning and the triangular form of the male ablutions area. women move to the opposite direction, under the minaret and into the female ablutions area, ending up at the prayer galleries on level one and two of the mosque, which extend under the timber dome and oculus into the main prayer space below.



each of the 102 concrete ‘muqarnas’ of the mosque’s sculptural ceiling is pierced with a 30mm diameter hole at its center, illuminating the main prayer space with rays of natural light. devoid of any ornamentation or colors, the building combines splayed off-form concrete, with wood and stone details.



community buildings of the punchbowl mosque are arranged around a quadrangle that creates two adjoining but separate courtyards. the first is a more public space, accessed directly from the street and leading towards the mosque. the second courtyard, surrounded by the administration building and classrooms, is more private, but can be opened up to the mosque to host large religious festivals and events.

102 quarter-spherical concrete domes adorn punchbowl mosque by candalepas associates

102 quarter-spherical concrete domes adorn punchbowl mosque by candalepas associates




project info:


name: the punchbowl mosque

architect: candalepas associates

location: punchbowl, western sydney, australia

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