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.
Dar Arafa Architecture has recently completed a new mosque in Basuna, a village in Sohag. Basuna Mosque aims to offer peace and tranquillity for the community. The architects devised an architectural plan that comprised a cavity wall with only one window, which offers views of the cemetery. 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. 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. The architects used local materials for the construction, including a building block made of sand and limestone. Basuna Mosque features four entrances, with two providing access for users of different abilities. The building also hosts spaces for temporary medical clinics, as well as after-school and literacy classes.