If you put together a dome, a cube and a minaret, you create a mosque. How you put them together, is completely up to you. This is how Fari Hatam did it.
In Islamic architecture, the dome represents heaven. “Metaphorically speaking, everyone wants to go to heaven,” says Hatam.
“So we applied vertical force to the dome, which extended it downward and made it flush with the ground, thus making it accessible to everyone.”
b) Cube: By making such a dominant statement with the dome, Hatam was left with the difficult conundrum of how to incorporate the cube. “[Extending the dome to the ground] forced the cube section underground, which then created an enormous space, which would ultimately become the Islamic museum.”
c) Minarat: From the inception of the project he also realised a second role for the minaret. “I interpreted [the minaret] as an opportunity for learning, which is why I designed it to include the 99 names of God.”
Other Cool Features: The mosque’s calligraphy-clad glass minaret captures the five pillars of Islam as it begins with darkly shaded glass near the bottom, which becomes progressively lighter as it moves toward the top-a gesture meant to symbolise the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Makkah.
“When I first came to Dubai, everyone was doing the ‘World’s Biggest This’ and the ‘World’s Tallest That’,” says Hatam.
“That was the standard. Only a few people were really looking at truly Islamic architecture and no one was concentrating on the mosque.”
This is still a fragment of someone’s imagination and is yet to see the light of day.