Hackney Mosque
New Mosque designs seek to articulate a British Islam

24 Apr 2009

Make space architects

Hackney Mosque
Hackney, London E2 - a new 3 storey contemporary addition to an existing mosque in a listed building in a conservation area has been given planning permission by Tower Hamlets.

This mosque in Hackney is on a site slotted between two buildings on a side street. As a starting point we took a Moorish tile pattern from the Alhambra palace in Granada, and enlarged and abstracted it to form the facade of the building. Through this abstraction process we created a design that is part structural, part enclosure, part Islamic pattern and part abstract shape. The rest of the facade is clad with a metal mesh cladding system to suggest permeability, continuation and latticework, key themes of Islamic design.


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