Abu Dhabi is home to some amazing buildings, impressive architecture and cultural sites.
Now, another of Abu Dhabi’s architectural achievements is been recognised with a global award.
Musalla of Al Hosn won first prize in the Internal Design and Creative Ceilings category of the International Architizer A+ Awards.
The event, organised by Arcetizer.com, an online community for architects, focuses on promoting the best architecture in the world, with winners being chosen by experts who look at everything from using cutting-edge approaches to the use of materials and technologies to build a safer, cleaner and more resilient spaces.
The Musalla Project won ahead of sites in Detroit, Lisbon and Beijing.
Saood Al Hosani, acting undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi says: "Al Hosn is a physical manifestation of the emirate’s heritage and its link to the past. The Musalla, however, represents a wonderful symbol of the emirate’s continuous cultural growth, and DCT Abu Dhabi’s commitment to both preserving the past whilst looking to the future."
Designed by Danish architecture firm CEBRA, the Musallah stands in water to create a subtle privacy barrier without using walls, which provides calm and secluded spaces for prayer without visual disturbances.
At the same time the water is used as a symbol of spiritual purification flowing around and in between the interior functions.
The Musalla prayer hall consists of a series of small, interconnected buildings that form a cave-like structure pushed halfway into the site's water feature.
Inside the site, the suspended ceiling with circular openings, some working as skylights, pay homage the UAE’s history of stargazing.
Musalla previously won the first prize award in the Completed Building – Religion category at the World Architecture Festival 2019.