Ahmadiyya Mosque
Philadelphia, PA

Olaya Studio was commissioned by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to design a new 21,500 square foot mosque. The facility is under construction on a former factory building lot in north Philadelphia, and is anticipated for completion in 2015.  The two story building contains a large prayer area, a multi-purpose hall, a full service kitchen, and a private apartment.  The circulation throughout the building was designed to provide equal amenities for both men and women, but in keeping with the Muslim traditions, the two genders are visually separated at all times.  The 56 foot tall minaret design is inspired by the White Minaret in Qadian, India and is the symbol that distinguishes the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.