The Chandgaon Mosque is located on the suburban periphery of the port of Chittagong, Bangladesh, and designed by Kashef Mahboob Chowdhury to fulfil the traditional role of a mosque as both a place of spirituality and as a gathering place for the communit. This is monolithic and spare mosque, pared down to two identical cuboid structures, designed to be a typology that goes back for a millennium and a half.

“The first is the front court, its heavy masonry walls punctuated with low, wide openings onto the surrounding landscape, with a large eyelike opening above. In the second volume, the naturally lit mihrab wall is balanced by an iconic, cut dome. While the apertures give a sense of openness and draw in light and ventilation by day, by night they allow light to shine out of the mosque like a beacon. With its stark, geometric clarity, the Chandgaon mosque stands apart from many such structures that have reduced architectural features associated with the usual mosque type to the level of kitsch. It makes a definitive architectural statement in a different direction, pointing to the contemporary, to a desire to live in spaces that reflect the universal values of the present day.”


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