A PLACE OF WORSHIP – Crescent Bearers Mosque, Abijo

A place of worship is a specially designed structure or consecrated space where individuals or a group of people come to perform acts of devotion, veneration, or religious study.  Here is a mosque commissioned by Crescent Bearers (1939)Lagos, situated in Abijo GRA, Ibeju Lekki LGA which was donated to the Abijo community. The mosque was designed and built by @patrickwaheedlagos who wanted to infuse indigenous materiality (Laterite) to a contemporary architectural composition without losing the serenity of a spiritual building.

The building consists of an exterior ablution space, a double-height main hall for prayer, 2 offices, and a mezzanine floor that creates a more inclusive space for women. These spaces are stacked together with the minaret and large walkways at the sides, all oriented with those sides facing north-south. This improves natural ventilation and avoids direct sunlight. The building also employs breeze blocks made of stacked bricks, louvre windows at the higher level, and louvre sliding doors to achieve sustainability with a focus on thermal comfort. These elements also create of play of light and shadows that as one move within the space, it is a sequence of forms, shapes, and stories.


PWDC presents a modern statement beautifully wrapped with a laterite skin born from a continuous office experiment. The design selects the mosque’s important features from Islamic history which includes the space, minaret, the niche and curates a building with a focus on its materiality, detail and silhouettes. With these concepts, the building presents a spiritual-symphonic experience of contrast and textures: from a rough exterior wall finish to a smooth interior one, from cobbled-stone walkways in the exterior to smooth tiles in the interior, from an opaque looking exterior to an open light-filled worship space, from mystery to clarity and from dysconsciousness to a moment of reverence.

The primary objective of the Crescent Bearers’ founding fathers was to promote the acquisition of western education by Muslims for their collective improvement and upwardly social mobility in a colonial society, in which Muslims not only experienced marginalization but were also typically held up to ridicule and suffered social opprobrium for their religious beliefs and cultural attachments.” – Adele Jinadu (2019) for the Guardian Nigeria.


  • Client: Crescent Bearers
  • Location: Abijo, Lekki Free Trade Zone
  • Architect: Patrick Waheed Design Consulting (PWDC)

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OHL Editor

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