Mosque of the Water in Abu Dhabi

Lead DesignerNiko Kapa
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Prize(s)1st Place in Architecture Categories / Landmarks, symbolic structures, memorials, public
Entry Description

With the belief that the Mosque should play an essential role in the regeneration of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, the design serves not only the function of a religious building, but consists also an open place of gathering and interaction. With a sensitive implementation on the site, the building becomes a continuation of the sea through a lifted platform serving as a Prayer Hall that expands towards infinite. Fluid formations refer to the motion of the sea in an effort to connect the building to the surroundings. The conceptual starting point is the movement of the water drop. The building freezes and solidifies the movement of the sea. The ocean appears in the forms and movements of the surfaces that are clad with polished white tiles as these enhance the dancing reflections of the water.


Niko Kapa is an award winning Architect and Designer based in Dubai. He is interested in the pioneering research and design investigation and as an architect he maintains an active role throughout the design process, in the interrelated fields of architecture and design, with a specific focus on sustainability. His work is addressing urban planning, architecture and design, with an effort to build links between theory and practice.

He is the founder of Studio Niko Kapa, a multidisciplinary team that supports innovative architecture, using research as an integral part of the design process. Purpose of Studio Niko Kapa is to raise awareness about architecture and urbanism within civil society. Its ambition is to provide a public forum for debating the present and future of architecture and cities. By developing a wide range of activities, the Studio aims to build on the growing sense of awareness towards the built environment. It seeks to shed light on modern architecture, urban and landscape design, targeting the recognition of modern heritage. It wishes to develop the cultural value of architecture and design and the recognition of the social impact it has on urban regeneration, building communities, education and vocational development.