UAE developer Emaar has launched an open international contest to design an ‘iconic’ 9,750m² mosque in Dubai
Open to architects and architectural students, the competition seeks proposals for a landmark mosque within the 5.6 million m² Dubai Creek Harbour development, which has been masterplanned by CallisonRTKL and will feature a skyscraper centrepiece by Santiago Calatrava.
The project will create a 7,500-capacity venue for daily, Friday and Eid prayers on a prominent 18,504m² site located on a landscaped axial route between Calatrava’s Dubai Creek Tower and the waterfront. Proposals will be expected to include underground parking and a 2,000-capacity roof terrace.
In its brief, Emaar says its ‘vision for Dubai Creek Harbour is to create an urban city that respects the culture and climate of Dubai; a place where people can live, work and play in harmony with nature and a community where families can reach their aspirations for generations to come.’
Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the UAE and in two years’ will be the first entity within the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia region to host a world expo. Dubai Creek Harbour is a major new mixed-use development located around 33km north-east of the Expo 2020 Dubai site.
The 550ha Dubai Creek Harbour development will transform a previously undeveloped inland waterfront site a short distance from the Burj Khalifa skyscraper and Dubai International Airport. It is expected to have 48,500 residential units and a population of 175,000 when completed.
Once complete, the scheme will feature a mix of residential, retail, hotel, office, cultural and community uses centred around a competition-winning supertall tower designed by Calatrava and parkland.
The new mosque will feature a library and other supporting facilities on a key site located within a linear park stretching westwards from the tower towards the waterfront.
The competition language is English and submissions should include drawings, 3D renderings along with a textual description of the concept.
The overall winner will receive a $40,000 prize (£28,360) and the design contract. Four shortlisted teams will also receive $10,000 (£7,090) each.
The deadline for applications is midday local time, 21 May.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
Emaar, developer based in UAE
Why are your holding an open international competition for an Iconic Mosque in Dubai Creek Harbour?
An open competition provides equal opportunity to everyone with a creative interest and talent to put forward their ideas and create a special place, a landmark and destination that will be built and last a lifetime. The competition will allow students, architects, designs, architectural firms to showcase their ideas, provide solutions and draw up designs of which the world has never seen before.
What is your vision for the new Iconic Mosque?
We have no particular notion of how the mosque should be designed except for two main aspirations: that it should be iconic and for the roof to be accessible.
We are fortunate to have a site within such a special location. The Dubai Creek has such significance for the city of Dubai as the city was formed along these banks. And to build the Dubai creek Harbour development here, where the future meets the past has such a strong significance for this landmark development. And not just this, the site is also adjacent to the only UNESCO Heritage site in the country, which is within the RAMSAR buffer zone. The wetlands which attract migratory birds like flamingos add up another layer of richness to the location.
The Mosque site of 18,504sqm has been significantly located exactly on the axis between the Burj Khalifa and the new Creek tower. Connecting the two landmarks, we believe it should be Iconic as well. With the new creek tower towering above it, the views from the roof will be amazing!
What sort of architects and designers are you hoping will apply?
Everyone. We’re expecting and hoping that everyone who has passion for design will take on this wonderful opportunity, whether they are professionals, students, sketch artists, etc. We want to promote and encourage talent as well and stir up the potential of every creative individual.
The competition is set up so there will be five prizes. Only the best design will win the competition of a cash prize of USD 40,000/- while also have an opportunity to win the award for the project. However we will also provide 4 other prizes USD 10,000/- each as a recognition of their design merit. Given, we also have a large portfolio of development and various projects that need designs, we hope this competition will also expose talent to us that we can use for contracts for other projects.
Which other design opportunities are on the horizon and how will the architects/designers be procured?
Emaar currently has a range of developments within Dubai alone, that is still being developed. To name a few, Dubai Creek Harbour, Dubai Hills Estate, Emaar South, Emaar Waterfront, as well a large number of Retail Malls and Hospitality developments with several projects within these developments under design and still to be designed. Emaar is also putting in focus on developing unique public realm experience within this development, one that is focus on people’s experience, promoting art and culture and placemaking. We need passionate design consultants across the range of disciplines – masterplanning, architects, interior designers, landscape designers, lighting consultants, art consultants, digital consultants, etc. to help us achieve our vision.
Are there any other similar Iconic Mosque projects you have been impressed by?
We really don’t have a preconception for this project. Besides being Iconic and having a roof that can be used, it could be classical, contemporary, modern – we are really open to all ideas and would like to encourage designers to think out of the box. It’s an exciting project for us and we look forward to some visionary designs.