Sector: Cultural, Interiors
Project value: £6.5million
Project stage: Complete
In 1969 Sir Frederick Gibberd won an open international competition for the design of London Central Mosque, also known as Regent Park Mosque and the Islamic Cultural Centre. As one of the London’s largest mosques at the time Sir Frederick Gibberd was acutely aware that this was arguably an important piece of both civic and religious architecture.
London Central Mosque occupies a prominent position within London and has a prominent eye catching golden dome. The mosque sits on 2.3 acre site adjacent to Hanover Gate in Regent’s Park. Following fundraising, construction began in 1974 and was completed in 1977 at a cost of £6.5million.
The success of this eclectic design by Sir Frederick Gibberd is rooted in its simplicity. The design of the Main Mosque Building Complex can be divided into two elements. The main building consists of two prayer halls, the main hall is large enough to accommodate almost five thousand worshippers and a separate space for women to pray on a balcony that overlooks the main prayer hall, these spaces are housed under the striking gold dome. The second element is the three storey wings which accommodate the entrance hall, library, reading room, administration areas and a minaret.
The interior of the golden dome is decorated with traditional Islamic shapes, the interior of the mosque has minimal furnishings, and together with the cavernous spaces this creates a meditative atmosphere for prayer.