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Ricardo Bofill’s Winning Proposal for the The Noble Qur’an Oasis Competition






















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Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura and Gerber Architekten have tied for first place in a competition to design a cultural and civic Islamic center in Saudi Arabia, beating several well known international competitors, including Zaha Hadid Architects and gmp Architekten. The ultimate winner will be announced at a later date.

Ricardo Bofill‘s proposal for the center, which is meant to foster the research, study and transmission of the Qur’an, takes geometric inspiration from traditional Islamic cities:

“The first Islamic city had a circular plan, with all spaces being enclosed in the circle representing the elemental symbol of unity and the ultimate source of diversity in creation. This traditional city, or rather the idea of this city, serves as the base and the essence for the creation of the Islamic modern city. Such a background has led us to choose a circular concept as the main representational shape of the project for The Noble Qur’an Oasis. This unique civic and cultural landmark, with its sleek, minimalist design, is a symbolic container where the Islamic science and culture will be displayed.”
 

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An other proposal ...
Architects propose cultural complex in Madinah

Jun 18, 2014

Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has proposed a cultural complex in Madinah, Saudi Arabia, that is inspired by Arabic calligraphy and the Qur’an.

The firm envisaged a series of interconnected buildings that, when viewed from above, makes up an abstract interpretation of Arabic letters.

Mecanoo reinterpreted the formal calligraphy into interlocking, fluid buildings that create a series of public and private spaces.

As well as being inspired by calligraphy, the design took inspiration from the Qur’an – including references to mountains

Mecanoo wants to recreate the idea of a mountainous range when visitors first come upon the complex with high walls in front of them.

http://www.constructionweekonline.com/article-28709-architects-propose-cultural-complex-in-madinah/


Noble Quran Oasis by Mecanoo

17 Jun 2014

The Noble Quran Oasis competition which wants to create a spatial and visual experience in Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia, received a proposition from the Mecanoo architectural practice from the Netherlands and it involves a structure which references the ancient Islamic cities through its poetic aspect that are inspired by the Arabic calligraphy.

The arid landscape wants to encourage growth through culture and the structure takes care of the guests by ensuring an intimate retreat. The city is located in a fertile oasis with elevated peaks surrounding it and thus the designers wanted to emphasize the role of the mountains in Islamic culture as a symbol of promise.

The undulating structure continues the landscape and welcomes guests into a cave-like interior with clearly defined areas and a monumental entrance. The greenery and natural environment is landscaped in the shape of internal patios and the larger spaces inside are to be used for military parades or other festivities.

http://architectism.com/noble-quran-oasis-mecanoo/

 

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King approves building
Qur’an Oasis in Madinah


March 22, 2017

MADINAH — Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman approved the establishment of an iconic Qur’an Oasis project in Madinah.

This was announced by Prince Sultan Bin Salman, president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTH).

“The oasis will be an integrated world-class cultural and knowledge landmark that showcases everything pertaining to the holy book,” he said.

The King also approved the allocation of 200,000 square meters of land along King Salman Road near Prince Muhammad International Airport to SCTA to implement the project in coordination with the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Call and Guidance, Madinah mayoralty, Madinah Development Authority, and with the partnership of the private sector. Prince Sultan thanked the King for his approval to establish the historic project after four-year-long studies and designing.

An expert committee was formed in 2012 to carry out studies about the proposal presented by Prince Sultan following a royal decree. An international bid was invited for presenting the best designs for the project and the winning project was chosen by a jury.

The oasis will serve both academic and recreational purposes.

It will also display more than 3,000 rare manuscript copies of the holy book.

http://saudigazette.com.sa/saudi-arabia/king-approves-building-quran-oasis-madinah/








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