Increasing Al Mataf Capacity of the Holy Mosque

Client: Umm Al Qura University – SETS
Location: Mecca – Saudi Arabia
Services Provided: Concept Design – International competition
Starting Date: 2010
Completion Date: 2011 (Stage 1)
J.V: Consortium SOM, DAO & G4S


In its quest towards development and creativity, and in an attempt to inspire integrated solutions for increasing Al-Mataf capacity in the Holy Mosque of Mecca, the design was to provide two suitable solutions which would help accommodate the large number of pilgrims and worshippers during peak seasons of Al-Hajj and Umrah.
The main concept of both approaches was based on putting two designs without having any drastic visual alterations to the Holy Mosque, thus the first approach was conducted through the absence of any architectural interventions such as removing or adding columns or stairs… etc., whereas the second approach suggested architectural modification, mainly in the area between Tawaf and Sai on the ground and first floors.