awarded entry by ricardo bofill arquitectura for noble quran oasis
all images courtesy of ricardo bofill de taller arquitectura

 

 

 

chosen as one of two winning entries for the international competition, ricardo bofill taller de arquitectura‘s proposal for the ‘noble quran oasis’ is organized around large circular geometries, in reference to traditional islamic ideals. the complex is located in the saudi arabian desert outside the historical and holy city of medina, and is intended to be a cultural and civic center for an international muslim community. the landmark structure serves as a place for analysis, research, education, and dissemination of the religion’s values, and integrates technological innovations to achieve functional aspirations.

ricardo bofill arquitectura noble quran oasis competition designboom

waterways and vegetation produce the oasis environment, contrasting the desert context

 

 

 

the design team drew influence from the first islamic city, which was planned around a circular geometry. the arrangement thus centers around an enormous round form, with four smaller disc shapes on the site’s periphery. a rectilinear grid of trees and openings in the roof are organized atop the rounded geometries, and serve to break down spaces into different functions. various waterways and vegetation produce an oasis environment, in contrast to the harsh desert context.

ricardo bofill arquitectura noble quran oasis competition designboom

terraced rounded walls contain lush gardens

 

 

 

the scheme includes a diverse range of program all framed toward islamic culture, with many vegetated areas and parks scattered throughout. these spaces include a large entry atrium, the ‘chronological route’, specialized exhibition spaces, educational areas, conference and exhibition center, library, research center, and various open parks. additional functions include administration, restaurants, visitors’ facilities, shopping and services areas, car parking, and a warehouse.

ricardo bofill arquitectura noble quran oasis competition designboom

stepped forms reference natural landforms such as hills and dunes

ricardo bofill arquitectura noble quran oasis competition designboom

breaks in the roof create a dynamic flow of daylight into the interior spaces

ricardo bofill arquitectura noble quran oasis competition designboom

exhibition spaces host diverse displays related to the quran and islamic culture

ricardo bofill arquitectura noble quran oasis competition designboom

ricardo bofill arquitectura noble quran oasis competition designboom

the site plan is organized around five major circle forms, with rectangular grids inscribed within

ricardo bofill arquitectura noble quran oasis competition designboom

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