mantle: mosque in UAE
mantle: mosque in UAE mantle: mosque in UAE
jul 18, 2010

mantle: mosque in UAE

‘mantle’ mosque by daniel andersson and christiane flügel all images courtesy of daniel andersson, christiane flügel and via traffic




‘mantle’ by freelance architects daniel andersson (finland) and christiane flügel (germany) is a shortlisted competition entry for the ‘design as reform’ competition organized by dubai-based design collective traffic. the architecture category of the multi-disciplinary competition called for the design of a new, contemporary mosque. the focus of the proposal is simple: the functions of a mosque is simplified to its fundamental needs and compacted in to a vertical volume. the design provides a space for more lively public programs such as a market at the entry level, while the uppermost floor is the minaret where the call to prayer is traditionally called out from. the levels in between hosts a gradient of programs such as a library, interior garden, ablution, and prayer levels.

prayer space



program arrangement

floor plans

facade treatment


model detail

  • interesting skin but not a big fan of the layout

    jp says:
  • its much better than the “rux design” entry, at least the understand the importance of mosque and the amenities

    owais hasan says:
  • yes, the layout is like children’s doll house

    noopie says:
  • will the sand goes in?

    hl says:
  • Sand will blow right through this, and no AC means it’ll be hot in there.

    And how are the older worshippers supposed to navigate all those stairs?

    bob123 says:
  • We do not need minarets anymore. I don’t see anybody using it anywhere in the world. There’s a technologic development about it…

    Onur says:
  • I really like the shape as it reminds me of the Ka’ba, which is the most sacred building/site to any muslim, however I do have an issue with the barcode idea relevance and it’s ability to bring in dirt, sand, heat.. etc.
    Also I agree with bob123’s comment, how will older worshippers deal with this?
    And yes of-course we still need minarets, then were else will you call out for prayer!!

    This concept has a more spiritual and practical appeal to it. It highlights education, community, spirituality and of-course worshipping all in one modest yet modern facade.
    Maybe because this entry was more practical, it didn’t stand a chance to win against the RUX design.

    Maya says:
  • What an absolute joke.

    ‘In quite moments, worship God’…as a barcode. You’ve got to be kidding.

    Ahmed says:
  • between RUX and this i definitely choose for this concept, it can fit perfectly in a contemporary city, i like particularly the section which follows the different levels of approaching religion,the building becomes a community, a shrine of knowledge.
    With elevators also elderly worshippers can access all the floors.
    My only critic is about the light, that in hot countries i suppose is more carefully dispensed.

    Franz says:
  • well at least this one respected the project function ! 🙂 not bad …

    sara says:
  • i definitely liked this more than rux design idea.. that was preposterous!
    although i do find the idea that words themselves become walls quite nice..seems fitting for a digitized world.. but with finesse.. it’s as if the whole structure itself is speaking thru every level.. i like the concept where a person SEEKS, LEARNS, DEBATES, WORSHIPS, AND SINGS.. that did justify the design for me.. as for the environmental issues.. why cant they place a layer of clear glass after the ‘barcode walls’ and then air condition the structure?
    just a thought.. a possible solution..
    i felt aesthetic pleasure the way the wall almost folds away like fabric or like the crack in a mountain leading to a cave..
    id love to read in this mantle..

    saher says:
  • you don’t know anything about mosque! .the reason behind it’s structure.colors.form and light.

    parinaz says:
  • organized religion is so passe

    get over IT says:
  • Very interesting approach to the archetypal of mosques around the world. the idea of exploring the vertical elements of a mosque is intriguing. Though it might not be perfect, this will lead to other great architectural innovations…

    Haz says:
  • I’m not an architect but I really like the first image, its cool but idea about barcode not creative, barcode means trade and money not the praying. But I’m happy to see new approaches to the mosques, churches, temples.

    Isken says:
  • I think the main prayer level is not really a mosque, it’s a wide mushola.

    Reza says:

    ISR says:
  • WOW!!!!!!!!!

    LMJ says:
  • Unfortunately,the designer Dont know any things about muslim and mosque!!! I think, they should undrestand islam then design.

    Mahak says:

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