The United Arab Emirates on Wednesday inaugurated the “Abrahamic Family House,” an interfaith complex housing a mosque, a church, and the Gulf Arab state’s first ever purpose-built synagogue.
Designed by renowned Ghanaian-British architect David Adjaye, the project incorporates several architectural styles traditionally found in mosques, churches and synagogues around the world.
A member of the media visits the interior of the Imam al-Tayeb Mosque during a tour at the Abrahamic Family House in Abu Dhabi on February 21. Credit: Ryan Lim/AFP/Getty Images
The Imam Al-Tayeb Mosque, which is named after the Grand Imam of Al Azhar, the leading authority on Sunni Islam, is oriented towards Mecca. Its windows are made of delicate latticework, called mashrabiya, and are designed to allow for the circulation of air while regulating light and maintaining privacy.
“What you’re going to see in all the projects is that it’s always about a filtering of light, a splitting of light,” Adjaye told …