LA GRANDE MOSQUÉE, LIBREVILLE, Gabon

Customer
Republika Gabon
Architect
OBERMEYER HELIKA a.s.
Main building designer
Construction Period
Project realisation
Activities undertaken
Feasibility study
Construction expenses

EL HADJ OMAR BONGO ONDIMBA – La GRANDE MOSQUEE, the mosque and cultural centre designed for the capital of Gabon, Libreville, is a structure built on a square plan of 44 x 44 m. The architectural concept focused mainly on two central issues: a response to the tropical climate of the site and a development of the architectural form of the mosque to represent a clear and visible symbol of a "clean" sacred space. The resulting design is a simple cubic structure accommodating all the required spaces in the mosque, which is set beneath a white concrete dome supported at four points on the ground and appearing to float over the surface of the water in surrounding pools. White, gold and green – this is the basic colour scheme for the proposed complex. The main cubic structure of the mosque is surrounded by four vertical dominants – the minarets. The construction material is white concrete, the ceramic components are green with the dome of the mosque being gold plated. The main space in the mosque is the central hall for 2,000 believers (with the women's section situated on the gallery on the upper floor level) and a space for daily prayers on the ground floor for 500 believers. The mosque building contains all other spaces required for daily use, including a school for boys and girls, a library, etc.

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