Calligraphy-Inspired Complex Creates Architectural Poetry In Saudi Arabia
Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo has proposed a complex in Madinah that is inspired by Arabic calligraphy and the Qur'an.
The Noble Qur'an Oasis competition was an architectural competition to design a complex in the Madinah region of Saudi Arabia. The designs entered by Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo envisaged a series of interconnected buildings that, when viewed from a bird's eye view, makes up an abstract interpretation of Arabic calligraphy.
Mecanoo reinterpreted the formal calligraphy of Arabic into interlocking, fluid buildings that create a plethora of public and private spaces. As well as being inspired by calligraphy, the design took inspiration from the Qur'an – the holy book of Islam after which the center is named. The proposal states that the following passage was Mecanoo's starting point: