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Gallery: Stunning modern mosque in Egypt

New mosque designed by Cairo-based Dar Arafa Architecture, located amidst a densely constructed area with the surrounding environment encroaching upon itself, leaving little urban space between residential buildings, a cemetery and a makeshift market, Basuna Mosque aims to offer peace and tranquillity for the community.

Gallery: Stunning modern mosque in Egypt
Dar Arafa Architecture has recently completed a new mosque in Basuna, a village in Sohag.
Gallery: Stunning modern mosque in Egypt
Basuna Mosque aims to offer peace and tranquillity for the community.
Gallery: Stunning modern mosque in Egypt
The architects devised an architectural plan that comprised a cavity wall with only one window, which offers views of the cemetery.
Gallery: Stunning modern mosque in Egypt
The structure's roof further features a 'hybrid roof system' that consists of a concrete beam grid iron, cast in situ, forming a central square that marks the mosque's main dome.
Gallery: Stunning modern mosque in Egypt
Surrounding the main dome, 108 smaller square openings partially covered with pendentive domes are complemented by fixed horizontal and operable vertical glass panels, which allow for natural light and air ventilation.
Gallery: Stunning modern mosque in Egypt
The architects used local materials for the construction, including a building block made of sand and limestone.
Gallery: Stunning modern mosque in Egypt
Basuna Mosque features four entrances, with two providing access for users of different abilities.
Gallery: Stunning modern mosque in Egypt
The building also hosts spaces for temporary medical clinics, as well as after-school and literacy classes.