After showing, in yesterday’s article, one of the winning projects of the ‘Noble Quran Oasis’ museum competition, today we show you another project, made by dutch studio Mecanoo. They proposed a unifying structure that references both the physical and the poetic characteristics of ancient islamic cities. To be built in Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia, the design reconfigures formal arabic into calligraphy, resulting in a spatial and visual experience for the site’s visitors.
The scheme plays an important role within the region’s landscape, an urban solution that also functions as a catalyst – encouraging growth within the area. The building’s physical expression respects and caters to the needs of guests, providing an intimate retreat away from the outside world. Situated amid a fertile oasis, the city of Al Madinah is surrounded by elevated peaks. Consequently, the proposed design articulates the prominent role that mountains play in islamic culture, as symbols of permanence and promise.