The Mosque of the Sun
The Mosque Of The Sun is a speculative architectural project investigating solar alignment in architecture, proposing a contemporary mosque design in Qatar that illuminates at specific times in the day to indicate salat (prayer time). Using multiple environmental simulation software, precise apertures and openings in the mosque are aligned to the sunpath over Qatar, enabling light to enter the prayer hall at Fajr (sunrise), Dhuhr (midday), Asr (afternoon) and Maghrib (sunset).
- Exhibition: The Arab Museum of Modern Art, Mathaf, Doha, Qatar (March 2013-May 2013). - Presented: International Biennial Art and Design Conference, 2013. Hybrid Making Workshop and Design Conference 2013 - Exhibition: Royal Academy of Arts, Summer Exhibition, London, 2012: Peer selected by Chris Wilkinson. -Keynote Speaker: Conversations on Architecture, Cape Town South Africa, 2012 - Published: Gulf Times ‘Tasmeem Doha Seeks Dash of Creativity’ 17.01.13. -British Sundial Society Quarterly Journal, August 2012. (Front cover and main feature). Authorship: As part of a joint architectural practice saraben-studio, Ben Cowd and Sara Shafiei contribute equally to the research.
Citation : Cowd, B. (2010) The Mosque of the Sun
Research Institute : Institute of Architecture
Peer Reviewed : Yes