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Bangladesh’s architecture on Guardian’s list of best 21st century builds

  • Published at 07:54 pm September 17th, 2019

The architectural piece has been designed by Marina Tabassum

Bangladesh’s Bait ur Rouf Mosque has made it to the Guardian’s list of the best architecture of 21st century. 

In an article published on the website of the UK newspaper on Monday, this brick mosque by Bangladeshi architect Marina Tabassum, which won the Aga Khan Award for Architecture in 2016, has secured its place at number 22 on a list of 25 most acclaimed builds of the century. The article, written by Oliver Wainwright, describes the mosque as “a poetic essay on how natural light can be used to maximum effect”. 

“Formed from a square concrete pavilion that is surrounded by a cylindrical brick drum, in turn enclosed in a perforated brick cube, the gaps between the geometries allow shafts of light to wash over the walls from above, while the ceiling of the central prayer hall is punctured by a constellation of holes that cast a mesmerising dappled pattern across the bare floor,” says the article.

Tate Modern, a public building in London, UK has secured the first place on the list. Neues Museum (Berlin, Germany), Grand Parc (Bordeaux, France) and Seattle Central Library (US) have secured the 2nd, 3rd and 4th places respectively. Other remarkable builds include 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (Kanazawa, Japan), Vasconcelos Library and Botanical Gardens (Mexico City, Mexico), UTEC university campus (Lima, Peru) and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (Germany).