Al Azizia Mosque

LOCATION: Mecca, KSA
USE: WORSHIP
SCOPE: EXTERNAL, FAÇADE & LANDSCAPE LIGHTING DESIGN
YEAR: 2014

The main intent for the internal lighting was to create a soft and welcoming atmosphere, which would link the architecture of the building with its spiritual purpose.

The lighting strategies utilized aimed at providing the adequate illumination levels, enhancing the architectural details and reducing all visual clutter, allowing the visitor to appreciate the magnificence of the interior space. With this criteria in mind, downlights were recessed following the ceiling patterns, while a set of cove lights illuminate the vertical planes and give a larger sense of space.

Accent on arches and niches provide vertical focal points and enhance the overall architecture, while the suspended decorative fixtures mark the centre of each area, linking visually the single and double heights.

The domes were illuminated from behind the screens, allowing the light to spill into the space and project its different patterns. This light works on a dynamic cycle, shifting from warm to cool and back to warm white during the course of the day. At call for prayer, the domes shift to a soft blue hue,   reinforcing the spiritual connection with the user.

Given the size and location of this mosque, the main purpose of the façade lighting was to transform the building into an iconic element during the nighttime, a landmark which could be recognized from the distance and admired from proximity.

The lighting design scheme was organized in two main group. The first group focused on the architectural elements which give the building its unique character. By illuminating these, the quality of the façade design is exposed, revealing its details and craft, and creating a sense of luxury and splendor. The second group works with the masses and the general architecture of the building; and is responsible for portraying the general composition which is seen from the distance.

These two layers work independently, providing multiple scenes depending on the occasion and time of day.

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