KAFD Grand Mosque Receives International Architecture Award

KAFD Grand Mosque, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo © Hani Al-Sayed / Omrania


Urban mosque designed by Omrania recognized in prestigious global award program


Omrania’s design for the KAFD Grand Mosque, the spiritual heart of the mixed-use King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD) in Riyadh, was named a winner of the 2020 International Architecture Awards in the category of religious architecture.

As noted by the awards jury, the faceted form of this mosque is inspired by the geometric structure of the desert rose, a naturally occurring sand crystal. The mosque and its public plaza are situated at the convergence of three shaded pedestrian passages or “wadis” of the KAFD urban master plan. The urban context of the KAFD was the main driver of this 10,000-square-meter project site.

The International Architecture Awards are presented by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design, together with The European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and Metropolitan Arts Press, Ltd.  The annual awards program is intended “to honor the best, significant new buildings, landscape architecture, and planning projects designed and/or built around the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, and urban planners practicing nationally and internationally.”

Read more about Omrania’s award-winning design for the KAFD Grand Mosque — a community landmark and architectural anchor for Riyadh’s emerging international business district.

KAFD Grand Mosque, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo © Amjadpix
KAFD Grand Mosque, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo © Mohammad Ballool / Omrania
KAFD Grand Mosque, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Photo © Ahmed Drwiesh