Sliding Domes – Medina

Sliding Domes: Prophet’s Mosque: Medina, Saudi Arabia

Sliding Domes: Prophet’s Mosque: Medina, Saudi Arabia

Perspective view of Sliding Dome.

Sliding Domes: Prophet’s Mosque: Medina, Saudi Arabia

Sliding Domes: Prophet’s Mosque: Medina, Saudi Arabia

Reflected ceiling plan of Sliding Dome.

Sliding Domes: Prophet’s Mosque: Medina, Saudi Arabia

Sliding Domes: Prophet’s Mosque: Medina, Saudi Arabia

Pentagonal floral panel from the Sliding Domes.

Sliding Domes: Prophet’s Mosque: Medina, Saudi Arabia

Sliding Domes: Prophet’s Mosque: Medina, Saudi Arabia

Carving Detail from the Sliding Domes.

Sliding Domes: Prophet’s Mosque: Medina, Saudi Arabia

Sliding Domes: Prophet’s Mosque: Medina, Saudi Arabia

Carving detail from the Sliding Domes.

Prophet’s Mosque (al-Masjid al-Nabawi), Medina, Saudi Arabia

The expansion of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina included 27 Sliding Domes that transform a domed chamber into an open courtyard. Each dome has an approximate diameter of 20 meters. Jay Bonner was contracted to design the interior ornament for these 27 domes. The floral style the he developed is pan-Islamic: designed to be recognizably Islamic to all pilgrims from all areas of the world, yet not associated with the ornamental style of any particular Muslim culture or epoch. The ornament is comprised of a variety of hand carved Moroccan cedar (aka Atlantic cedar or Atlas cedar) floral panels, inlaid with semi-precious amazonite stones set in gold-plated bezels. The wood carving for this project was undertaken in Morocco where some 150 wood carvers were employed for over a year to complete the project. For this immense project Jay Bonner was also contracted to consult on the quality control of the woodcarving and stone cutting, as well as the pre-installation of all decorative elements in Germany.

Completed in 1992.