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Within the centre of the fashionable city Abu Dhabi lies the town’s oldest and maximum essential development, the Qasr Al Hosn Fortress. This essential culture-historical gem was once at the start constructed within the 18th century to give protection to Abu Dhabi’s most effective freshwater smartly and later served as a royal place of dwelling and executive development.
Sooner than the urbanization of Abu Dhabi island, the castle was once the very first thing travellers would see arriving to the coast from the barren region – a landmark emerging from the sands as a powerful sculpture, actually constituting the birthplace of the town of Abu Dhabi.
The transformation of the Qasr Al Hosn web site is composed of a 140.000 m2 cultural park surrounding the castle and the Cultural Basis, a indexed cultural centre from the 1980’s.
In combination, those two structures occupy the block representing each historical and fashionable heritage of Abu Dhabi.
As crucial part of the cultural park, the prayer corridor is situated on the north-eastern nook of the web site as a chain of small interconnected structures that shape a cave-like construction driven midway into a big water function.
The Musallah stands in water to create a refined privateness barrier with out the use of partitions, which gives calm and secluded areas for prayer with out visible disturbances. On the identical time the water is used as an emblem of religious purification flowing round and in between the inner purposes. The person areas are attached by way of glass tubes bridging over water, which symbolically purifies the thoughts when shifting in the course of the light-filled passages from one house to the following.
Each and every quantity accommodates its personal serve as in order that the plan format creates two reflected flows, the place male and female worshippers respectively development alongside a chain of areas that create an immersive non secular enjoy, following the ritual for prayer.
Strolling from the open panorama of the park alongside the slender passages between the “rocks”, the noise and bustling lifetime of the town slowly fades away and guests input the cave-like front halls, the place you’ll be able to relaxation and communicate earlier than prayers. An enjoy and surroundings that consult with the Cave of Hira, the place Prophet Muhammed gained his first revelation.
From right here, one proceeds to the ablution areas for laundry and mentally making ready for prayer and after all reaches the massive prayer halls. The prayer halls are oriented within the qibla route, whilst a concrete aid with inscriptions seems on one of the crucial rock volumes, visual thru a window this is hid from the out of doors.
The geometric shapes of the panorama and structures are reflected within the inside as a suspended panorama of the similar dust crack development that purposes as skylights with small round openings punctuating the ceilings of the differently closed volumes.
The round holes let in sunlight and are blended with suspended pendants. In combination, they seem as summary big name formations that evoke associations to religion in addition to to the Bedouins’ conventional big name looking at for navigation. While the doorway halls and ablution areas comprise concrete skylights, the insides within the prayer halls are clad with copper, which creates never-ending reflections of sunshine symbolizing the cosmos and linking the ceiling element again into the full scheme of the undertaking like a fractal.
And, it illustrates how guy has at all times appeared up into the skies, questioning and reflecting on one’s personal lifestyles.LOCATION: ABU DHABI, UAECLIENT: DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND TOURISM – ABU DHABI (DCT ABU DHABI)SIZE: 1.100 M² MUSALLAH, 140.000 M² MASTERPLANSTATUS: COMPLETEDARCHITECT: CEBRALANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: CEBRAPLANT SPECIALIST: SLAENGINEER: GHDSIGNAGE AND WAYFINDING: KOSSMANN.DEJONGCONSERVATION MANAGEMENT PLAN: PRODENKMAL.
Al Hosn Musallah Gallery