Doha, Qatar

This Juma’a Mosque serves a new residential community in Msheireb Downtown Doha, located near the heart of the masterplan site, just south of Ferjan Square. While drawing on simple, solid forms of traditional Qatari mosques, the building is shaped by its compact urban site. It brings together three customary components of a mosque: Sahan, courtyard; Liwan, a plain hall; and Minara, the minaret. Traditional architectural devices are also used: a long and rectangular shape, low form, solid and square, multiple entrances. These are all conveyed in an austere architectural language that nods to both the contemporary and the historic.

The eastern colonnade, acting as a compressed entry court, inflects to ease a nearby street junction, Ferjan Square to the north is linked to the prayer hall visually and offers additional prayer space during religious holidays. Two off-centred circles create a Helal-shaped rooflight over the double height prayer hall and shape the Qibla wall below. The southern ancillary block incorporates circulation, ablution facilities and accommodation for the imam and moathan, the resident caller to prayer.


David Amarasekera, Alfredo Caraballo, John Carpenter, Johanna Coste-Buscayret, Simon Gathercole


link to Msheireb Downtown Doha masterplan


Msheireb properties
Executive architects
Burns and McDonnell Consulting Engineers
Burns and McDonnell Consulting Engineers
Quantity surveyors
Davis Langdon
LEED consultant
Lighting consultant
Derek Porter Studio
Landscape architect
Burton Landscape Architecture Studio


1,566 sqm
Prayer population
788 people
Doha Qatar