Co Govers presents her Ray of Light Mosque design in Malaysia

modern mosque design conference 2019

Co Govers, founder and principal architect of Zest Architecture, has been invited to participate in the 2nd International Conference on Mosque Architecture (ICMA 2019) that takes place at the Islamic Arts Museum Malaysia (IAMM) in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) from 25 to 27 November.

Co Govers will present the Ray of Light Mosque at the conference, a controversial design proposal for a new mosque in Dubai, with equal access for both men and women. The mosque’s unusual design seeks to blur the edges between men and women at prayer. They are together in a single large space and yet they are still (metaphysically) separated, by the ray of sunlight that falls through the roof.

The mosque was originally designed for a competition in 2010 aimed at re-envisioning concepts for mosque architecture. The project featured as a finalist in this competition and has since then been exhibited in various exhibitions world-wide as well as being selected as the cover for a monograph entitled Modern Mosques Design which is a 418-page book featuring modern and contemporary mosque designs from across the world designed by some of the world’s most renowned architects. The project continues to encourage the interesting debate about the reinterpretation of contemporary mosque architecture.

For more information about the 2nd International Conference on Mosque Architecture (ICMA 2019) click here.

To see the program, click here.

To see a video walkthrough, click here. Video by Artic.

To see more about the project, click here.