Winner of international competition to design a new Mosque revealed

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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the winning design in its international competition to design of a new mosque in Preston.

Luca Poian Forms, a London-based architectural practice beat over 200 entries from 40 different countries to have its Brick Veil design named the winner of the international RIBA Competition, which sought to create a truly inspirational design and a timeless landmark building on a site near to Preston city centre which would also visible from the surrounding area.

The competition provided a unique opportunity to design a building which will become a proud part of Preston’s skyscape for many years to come.

Following lengthy consideration and discussion, the evaluation panel unanimously selected Luca Poian Forms’s design as the overall winner.

In the winning proposal for the new iconic mosque, the building’s elliptical design allows visitors to observe and appreciate the structure from various viewpoints. The minaret tower makes reference to Lancashire’s well recognised cotton mill chimneys, celebrating the local history whilst announcing the mosque’s presence in the skyline of Preston.

Speaking about his design proposal and winning the competition, Luca Poian said: “By virtue of its scale, form, and materiality, the mosque will be executed as a highly refined building that celebrates Islamic tradition whilst also paying homage to British craft.

“Working on projects that will have a profound community impact is at the core of our ethos, as well as delivering uniquely iconic architecture that will stand the test of time. This competition was a truly unique opportunity to achieve both goals hand-in-hand, and we’re looking forward to fostering a close relationship with our Client as well as with other key community stakeholders to ensure the project is delivered to the highest standard. We are thankful for the opportunity and we look forward to carrying this project to fruition.”