HDC announces a mosque design competition for local architects

Render image from Hulhumale' Masterplan. | Photo: Housing Development Corporation

Malé, Maldives – Housing Development Corporation (HDC) has announced a competition for local architects to design a mosque to be built in Hulhumalé’s Central Park.

The Central Park was developed not only as a recreational park but also a for the purpose of community development. The park and its surrounding area provide a much-needed open area in the rapidly urbanizing city while at the same time facilitating entrepreneurial, physical, cultural as well as social activities.

The proposed Central Park mosque and religious center development comprises of a mosque and Islamic Library which will support the cultural aspect of the park. In addition to this, the architectural aspect of the proposed building premises should be inspired by Maldivian traditional architecture to create a landmark building that is inherently Maldivian.

HDC in their competition is seeking talented and capable local architects to undertake this ambitious project, in association with the Ministry of Economic Development, under the corporate social responsibility program via a design competition. The design brief can be found via the following link.

Design competitions are a way of giving back to the built-environment community by fostering a competitive environment. The excitement of participating in competitions are believed to boost office morale and develop teams through a collaborative effort. Design competitions are also a powerful tool to bring forth the young and new talent in the industry.

The anonymous process results in a fair and unbiased evaluation where the winner is selected purely based on their merit. Hence, presenting local architects the opportunity to participate and contribute to the development of the city enriches the cultural and social value of the project as well. The winner of the competition will receive a prize of MVR 300,000. Interested individuals must submit their registration forms for the competition before 27th May 2021 using the following link.