The building designed by the Institute for design and architectural research SCUT, apart from the spiritual space includes other functions that connect the community, like an exhibition space, theater and social center.
The project for this cultural center was initiated by the local authorities in the prefecture of Hebei, where the center is located, in order to encourage additional cultural and architectural development in the area. Because of this, the new facility is not just a sacred space for prayer, but also has a cultural and recreational character. The architects of this modern facility make a blend of Islamic architecture, its different functions, the city’s history and contemporary architecture in order to create a new cultural landmark.
The building is conceived as a kind of poetic sanctuary that simultaneously reflects the Islamic culture and the vision of the architects for a better life. Based on the architectural concept of Islamic mosques, the building is a combination of the spatial structure of a mosque with new technology and architectural materials. The facade of the building in a traditional style has a series of vaulted arches that rise to the top of the building with elegant curved lines. The object has an elegant and mystical form, typical of the buildings of the Islamic architecture. The walls behind arcs contribute for the mysticism and seem to follow a pattern of delicate lace fabric.
The dome is constructed with numerous half-open egg-shaped shells, through which the daylight penetrates in the building and at night the interior lights illuminate the space around the center.
(Photo Credits: Yao Li)