Sancaklar Mosque in Turkey by Emre Arolat Architects
Sancaklar Mosque in Turkey by Emre Arolat Architects

10 mosques shortlisted by Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture

The Abdullatif Al Fozan Award for Mosque Architecture, named after Sheikh Abdullatif Al Fozan and established in 2011 to recognise the architectural, urban and technical aspects of mosques all over the world, has revealed the shortlist for its third cycle.  

The triennial award's main objective is to document the development of contemporary mosque design, encouraging innovation and experimentation. The award categorises mosques into four types: central mosques, jumaa' mosques, local mosques and community mosques.

For its 2017 to 2020 cycle, 27 mosques from Africa, Asia and Europe were shortlisted with the following breakdown: central mosques (nine), jumaa' mosques (eight), local mosques (eight), and community mosques (three). 

While the majority of the shortlisted projects are located in Asia (19), Africa comes in second with five and Europe in third with three. 

While the three-day jury meeting to determine the shortlist was held in January 2019, the follow-up meeting to determine the winning project will be held in November. A ceremony celebrating the shortlist and winning entry will be held in March 2020 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Here, Middle East Architect presents 10 of the shortlisted mosques. To see the complete shortlist, or read more about the architecture of each mosque, visit the award's website here. 

Imam Reza Complex Mosque (2012)
Kalout Architect Studio

Designed by Kalout Architect Studio, the Imam Reza Complex is located in Tehran's Imam Hossein Square and spans 6,500m2. 

Great Mosque of Central Java (2006)
Ir. H. Ahmad Fanani

Designed by Ir. H. Ahmad Fanani, the Great Mosque of Central Java is located in Semarang in Indonesia. It spans 7.660m2. 

King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque (2005)
Khaled Azzam

Located in Amman, Jordan the King Hussein Bin Talal Mosque by Khaled Azzam spans 4,000m2. 

Valiasr Mosque (2018)
Fluid Motion Architects

Designed by Fluid Motion Architects, Valiasr Mosque in Tehran, Iran spans 22,000m2. 

Al Safar Mosque (2013)
Urbane Indonesia

Located in Padalaran, West Java, Indonesia, the Al Safar Mosque was completed in 2013 and spans 1,200m2. 

Baitus Shobur Mosque (TBC)

The Baitus Shobur Mosque in Lampung, Indonesia spans 1165m2. 

Sancaklar Mosque (2014)
Emre Arolat Architects

The Sancaklar Mosque by Emre Arolat Architects is located in Istanbul and spans 700m2.

Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque (2016)
L.E.FT Architects

The Amir Shakib Arslan Mosque is located in Moukhtara, Lebanon and was designed by L.E.FT Architects. It spans 100m2. 

Bait Ur Rouf Mosque (2012)
Marina Tabassum

Located in Dhaka, Bangladesh, the Bait Ur Rouf Mosque was designed by Marina Tabassum and spreads across 754m2. 

King Abdullah Financial District Mosque (2018)
Omrania Office

Designed by Omrania, the King Abdullah Financial District Mosque is located in Riyadh and can hold 1466 worshipers.