El-Tawfiq Mosque

Category: Religious

Region: Egypt

Date: June 2010

Project Description

  • Type : Religious Building
  • Scope of work: full design, site supervision
  • Location: New Cairo, Egypt
  • Site Area: 2,115 m²
  • Number of stories : Ground and Mezzanine floor
  • Total built area: 850 m²

The project plot is a quarter Circle shaped at the fifth settlement New Cairo the entrance from the middle of the curve facing the street and the kiblah direction facing the corner opposite to neighbors. The Mosque is in the middle, while the men's ablution, the main gate and service arc on the right. Forming the mass depends on staggered telescopic walls around the entrance towards the sky light, covering praying hall pointing to the sky. While the minaret is generated by a serial of ascending walls. The fence integrates the overall look of the building by maximizing voids versus entrances. The location of the minaret has chosen carefully to be seen from access roads for any recognitions of the mosque. the mezzanine floor has small windows to maximize privacy where it's dedicated to women, unlike the ground floor which has bigger windows. The most interesting element in the project is the kiblah wall, which is fully glass overlooking dense vegetation recalling the dream of heaven.