The HOK architectural practice was commissioned to design ten of the communal buildings in the King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (which we covered here) located in the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
The design will include a mosque, a library, a bowling alley as well as four utility structures and a residential neighborhood with 200 houses along the research center so that the staff and families of the researchers can be supported.
The mosque is entered through floating stone steps that give access to a glass bridge with a reflective pool below it surrounding the structure. The perforated patterns of glass on the cladding make the exterior of the mosque change according to the time of day and it seems to be a floating lantern above the ground.
The interior enhances the interplay of light and shadow with the screen glowing through the punched windows and skylights. The masjid has a minaret tower with a height of 35 meters and it echoes the patterns of the façade.