Da Chang Muslim Cultural Center

PrizeWinner in Architectural Design / Cultural Architecture
Firm LocationGuangzhou, China
CompanyArchitectural Design and Research Institute of South China University of Technology
Lead ArchitectHe Jingtang
Design Team Guo Weihong ,Pan Yudan ,Zheng Changbo , Li Kaixin,Chen Zong ,Wang Renyu, Huang Guangnan.
ClientChina Fortune Land Development Co., Ltd

This is a poetic sanctuary that shows people
both the brilliant Islamic culture and our
vision for a better life. This is also a
homelikeculturalcenter that provides a
spiritual home for local residents especially
Muslims.
DachangCounty is a Muslim enclave near
Beijing. To revive the Islamic culture and
improve the quality of culture life, the
local government developed Da Chang Muslim
Cultural Center, a culturalcomplexintegrating
the functions of theatre, exhibition,
convention and community center.
Based on traditional mosque, the building
subtly interpretsthe spatial structure of
mosque with new materials and technologies.
The surrounding arches shrink into elegant
curves from the bottom up, while the
cambering petal-shaped arches of the
reflectionin the waterlook even more vivid
and graceful. The dome sees the translation
and abstraction of Islamic symbols rather
than simple mimicking. We constitute the dome
with petaloid shells and creativelytransform
the interior space into a semi-exterior roof
garden flooded with sunshine, fresh air and
vegetation.