The Noble Quran Oasis competition which wants to create a spatial and visual experience in Al Madinah, Saudi Arabia, received a proposition from the Mecanoo architectural practice from the Netherlands and it involves a structure which references the ancient Islamic cities through its poetic aspect that are inspired by the Arabic calligraphy.
The arid landscape wants to encourage growth through culture and the structure takes care of the guests by ensuring an intimate retreat. The city is located in a fertile oasis with elevated peaks surrounding it and thus the designers wanted to emphasize the role of the mountains in Islamic culture as a symbol of promise.
The undulating structure continues the landscape and welcomes guests into a cave-like interior with clearly defined areas and a monumental entrance. The greenery and natural environment is landscaped in the shape of internal patios and the larger spaces inside are to be used for military parades or other festivities.