The Houghton Mosque design sees an eclectic and hallowed collaboration between Muhammad Mayet Architects + Urban Designers and the acclaimed Abdel Wahed el Wakil.
The mosque, envisioned in 1998 when Saudi royals visited the country and expressed to Nelson Mandela the desire to contribute a piece of legacy to the area has been the subject of careful and integral urban design decisions and religious tenets in an area with so much history.
It was a building that needed to express the faith of Islam with the same contemporary vigor that the tradition has generated from one generation to another whilst still maintaining its core and fundamental tenets of religious significance. The mosque has all the elements of Islamic Architecture that one would expect, with adaptation to the Highveld climate and its immediate contextual requirements.
Sourced Editorial: Shaakira Chohan
The quality of space and light is truly unbelievable. Successful architecture, I believe, evokes the right emotion through spatial elements and architectural definitions. In this space, one feels pure, redeemed, accessible, faithful, and welcomed, irrespective of religious affiliation. The detailing is immaculate, staying ‘true to its materiality’ which is an essential part of Islamic Architecture.
Visible from the busiest highway in the southern hemisphere, the M1, the site comprises 1.4 hectares. The mosque is just phase one of an ambitious plan to construct an Islamic centre complete with library, auditorium and conference centre. The mosque will accommodate 2 000 people, and the upstairs section will be exclusively for women.