Hometown to colonel gaddafi, sirte is perhaps the most beautiful town in Libya with deserts on one side and sea on the other. The main avenue to the city had to house a mosque, a statement to emerging Libyan economy and expressing its aspiration to move up as the developing Middle East.
The mosque was scaled to the site and programmed to the neighbourhood. The signature to the mosque was the play of materials. The mosque had an external skin of corten steel and rusted copper patina. These are both elements that express ageing and oxidizing, hence are an apt permanent finish to the seaside site by avoiding any corrosion and weathering.
The entire inner surface scales itself to the human with the best of stones, carpets, lights and equipment. The mosque clearly stands as a landmark, as it stands lit and rendered in metals within a largely traditional skyline of a Libyan town.
A project of great piety, for the good of the community, and a testimony to divine inspiration! The mosque clearly stands as a landmark, as it is lit and rendered in metals within a largely traditional skyline of a libyan town, a building that we truly look forward to being finished in all its glory!