The new facility is dedicated to both education and worship and features eight classrooms on the lower ground floor. The spacious main prayer hall offers a ladies prayer area on a mezzanine level for which a special design solution was needed to elegantly separate and yet connect the two areas. Designer Umar Faruque of Studio Architekton, who specializes in contemporary Islamic interiors, was called in to create this feature and came up with the concept of thirty-eight decorative arches inspired by the Moorish architecture of Andalusia. The arches were designed to complement the marble sourced from Pakistan and Turkey that features in the main hall, but for this project the designer wanted a flexible modern material that would work in harmony with the aesthetic while also being easy to fabricate and fit. The apertures of the arches are fitted with one-way mirrored glass.
Umar Faruque was familiar with the properties of DuPont™ Corian® and the creative way in which these have been applied to various projects around the world, and he was keen to explore the material’s flexibility and flawless finish for this design. Umar chose local specialists M and L Solid Surfaces for the onsite design, fabrication and installation of the arches because, having worked with them previously, he was aware of their background in engineering and their ability to achieve the precise tolerances required for this project.
The arches were constructed from an MDF base and the two colours of Corian® specified for the design (the deep, rich tone of Cocoa Brown and the veined mineral aesthetic of Arrow Root colour), were a 90% match to the colours of the marble in the main prayer hall. Working with technical support from CD (UK) Ltd, distributors of DuPont™ Corian® in the UK, M and L Solid Surfaces company completed the manufacture and installation of the arches within 12 weeks, using 30 sheets of the material.
Thermoforming and the seamless bonding of the two chosen colours to ensure a sleek, uniform finish throughout. The arch design is now a stand-out feature that has become one of the most distinctive and admired within the building.
Khalid Hussain, on behalf of the new mosque comments, “The Sultania Mosque build has been a huge project for the community and those involved in the construction;
Masud Ahmed of the Brierfield Mosque continues “We were unaware that a material famous for worktops could be so adaptable and creative, and our faith in the architect and contractor has been rewarded with a quality product and design, which has been completed to a very high standard.