KAFD Grand Mosque shortlisted for WAF Award

GRAND MOSQUE, King Abdullah Financial District (KAFD), Riyadh, KSA - Photo © Faisal Bin Zarah


Omrania’s architectural design for the KAFD Grand Mosque has earned a place on the shortlist for the 2017 World Architecture Festival awards.


The boldly contemporary mosque, one of Omrania’s signature projects of the past few years, forms the spiritual heart of the new King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh. Inspired by the geometries of naturally occurring “desert rose” sand crystals, the three-level, 6,000-square-meter mosque seamlessly combines form and structure with its distinctive shell. The column-free prayer hall features a floating mezzanine and filtered natural light. A series of unique details and motifs provide a fresh take on mosque architecture.

The final award winners will be announced at the World Architecture Festival in November. The KAFD Grand Mosque was shortlisted in the category of religious buildings, along with five other projects listed here.