“Somewhere between building and landscape” is how architects CEBRA describe their cave-like prayer centre at Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi’s oldest stone building.
Interlocking geometric shapes make a dynamic canopy across Musalla (“Prayer Hall”), echoing the UAE’s coastal, cracked-mud landscape. Eyes are drawn to the reflective copper-clad ceiling and skylights, a play on “how man has always looked up into the skies, wondering and reflecting on one’s own existence”.
At once contemporary and engrained with local heritage, the structure impressed judges at the recent World Architecture Festival, where it won the Completed Building – Religion category. Don’t miss it during your stay in the capital.