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Farook-E-Azam Mosque, Stockton on Tees

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Challenge

To create a purpose-built Mosque on a tight 0.35 acre site within an established residential area. The building was required to follow traditional Islamic architecture yet sit sympathetically alongside other local buildings.

Solution

The three-storey building, with intricately designed octagonal minaret and elaborate green and gold dome, displays typical Islamic sensitivity in the handling of materials, with dramatic brick facades punctuated by deep arched window panels outlined in contrasting brickwork.  This sensitivity, central to Islamic architecture, is epitomised by the choice and careful specification of the brick and associated patterns, colours and textures. Ibstock’s wirecut Cheddar Golden brickwork, chosen to sit the building sympathetically within its environment, is contrasted with large format Fireborn Cream bricks to create a distinctive effect to the projections and corbelling which frame the top of the building. Providing vertical separation between the large windows, panels of large format Fireborn Red bricks, intricately detailed with the Islamic star pattern, also serve to break up the large brickwork expanse.

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