This is a suburban mosque located in the heart of Tabuan Jaya, a suburb in Kuching.
The land and the Masjid are a donation in the form of a “wakaf”* from the family that developed Tabuan Jaya to the local Muslim community.
An existing surau lies on the south end of the site that is populated with mature trees. These trees provide a natural canopy to the site, sheltering the site with the light scattering quality of their fine leaves.
These two elements were retained and play an important role in the shaping of the design.
At present there is no Friday mosque in Tabuan Jaya, although there is a population of about 3000 Muslims. Their religious and communal needs are currently served by several neighbourhood suraus.
As the Malay population migrate to the new suburbs; many aspects of their traditional communal lifestyle is lost, usually because there are no venues available for this type of communal interaction and activity.
Therefore it is necessary for the new Masjid to not only provide a space for worship but to also have a hybrid of spaces designed to recapture this lifestyle found in the kampong and integrate this into the local urban fabric.