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The building is located near the existing Aga Khan Museum, designed by Fumihiko Maki, and is surrounded by a seven-hectare park designed by landscape architect Vladimir Djurovic. It has curving stone walls and is topped with a large glass structure that brings natural light into the interior. The angular glass dome shelters the central space of the building which functions as the prayer hall. This space is located behind a pool of water surrounded by trees.

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An anteroom, situated right next to the prayer hall is sectioned off with metal grilles and topped with a star-shaped structure that surrounds a circular skylight. The central space is connected with the building’s entrance and lobby via a flight of stairs located to the side of the main space, while white linear volumes create niches that serve as additional congregating spaces, library, classrooms and offices.

+ Charles Correa Associates

+ Moriyama & Teshima Architects

+ Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture

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