BENGHAZI, LIBYA, 2014
The project is the first modern mosque in Benghazi that doesn't have the traditional elements such as domes and a minaret with the old Islamic trappings. It includes prayer spaces for men and women on two floors. The other areas are for the administration office, a small Quran school for children, and bathrooms. In the design, there were no curves or any decorations on the simple solid elements of the form except the sun-breakers on the windows and the fence.
The idea of the sun-breakers came from a simplification of the Arabic letters on a grid. Since Lasafer was a child, he have been obsessed with the art of Islamic calligraphy and geometry. The type that he designed for this project has not come from specific words because The Committee of Religious Endowments in Benghazi prevented using complete words that people can walk on the shadow of the words!
Area: 885 m² (5080 ft²)
Type of Work: Individual design with the Engineering Design Group.