The Islamic calligraphy, an art form based on the Arabic script is widely used as a representation of God in the Qur’an. Taking inspiration from such chirographic gesture, the design of the mosque is conceived to be an articulation of architecture. This is similar to the relationship of calligraphy to the landscape. Through the undertakings of the fluid yet strong gesture of the calligraphic representation, the mosque is envisioned as the heart beat of the community.
In this context the architecture aims to create fluid spaces and blurred boundaries that will guide and encourage visitors to the Mosque. Further expanding its role as a religious institution, the role of the mosque is also envisaged to allow community integration. This is achieved by redefining objectives which people undertake whilst visiting the mosque. Not only made for Muslims, the community Mosque would aim to allow the happenings of community projects i.e community planting, charity and learning events (Islamic history, culture, food studies) and business meetings. An additional wing used as an Islamic centre will further exemplify so.
Through the understanding of calligraphy, every pause and turn in the strokes that is made, parallels that in the preparation of a journey towards an eventual destination. Likewise, the visit to a mosque is conceived as if a journey.
The circulation of both Muslims and visitors are different in nature but yet so much alike in the way these spaces are able to exude a tranquil atmosphere that can be used for contemplation.
To prepare for every prayer session, Muslims go through a conscious effort of ablution, a cleansing ritual of shedding one’s thought and self, before bowing before the omnipotent God.
Nonetheless, to the everyday visitor and business associates, the architecture of the mosque aims to also enable contemplative and solemn corners which one could rest, recharge and work regardless of one’s religion. Therefore, the function and purpose of contemplation is extended and becomes a catalyst for community integration.