The facade starts transmitting light once the LEDs installed behind the backside of the panels are activated. German companyLUCEM developed the technology for the facade design. Light transmitting optics transmit light of the LEDs to the external surface of the letters protruding from unique concrete panels, which are also weatherproof and can withstand extreme temperatures. These massive elements were also designed to match various types of natural stone used on other parts of the building. Its color changes throughout the day-during daytime it has a warm sand color, during sunset it gets a more earthy tone, while at night and in the morning it looks more grey.
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The facade is dominated by calligraphy-99 different names of Allah were first drawn by an experienced calligrapher and then digitized and distributed across different elevations of the building using AutoCAD. The letters protrude 30 millimeters from the panels which weigh 300 kilograms each. The blocks were installed using 16 undercut anchors to fix each panels to a channel-based substructure system fixed to theconcrete structure of the mosque.
+ APG Architecture and Planning Group
Photos by LUCEM