The Masjid Yusof Ishak is set to be completed in time for its scheduled opening in the first quarter of 2017, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) said in a Facebook post last week.
Photos of the mosque’s unique architecture, including two stunning images taken in the evening with the building aglow, were shared by Muis.
Muis said that the mosque’s design blended traditional mosque characteristics with Nusantara (a modern term for the Indonesian archipelago) heritage, while “also addressing functional requirement”.
“Islamic motifs and Nusantara pattern are prominently used throughout the mosque,” it added.
Named after Singapore’s first president Yusof Ishak, the mosque in Woodlands cost $18 million to build and will have a capacity for 4,500 worshippers. It is the 26th mosque to be built under the Mosque Building and Mendaki Fund programme.
It was previously reported that the design also drew inspiration from Mr Yusof’s official and private residences, with a prominent feature being the use of eaves that are distinctive of a tropical Malay house.
In line with the values of multiculturalism and inclusiveness that Mr Yusof – who served as head of state from 1965 to 1970 – stood for, Muis said the mosque will have numerous facilities to cater to the needs of the elderly, as well as more spaces for families to pray.
Other features include a multi-purpose hall, a conference room, a sizeable auditorium, seminar rooms for teaching purposes and a roof terrace.