The National Mosque of Malaysia (Masjid Negara Malaysia) is located in Kuala Lumpur with a capacity of 15,000 people and is situated among 13 acres of beautiful gardens.
The original structure was designed by a joint team from the Public Works Department - UK architect Howard Ashley, and Malaysians Hisham Albakri and Baharuddin Kassim.
The mosque was built in 1965 on the site of a church, the Venning Road Brethren Gospel Hall which had stood there since 1922 but appropriated by the Malaysian government and moved to another site on Jalan Imbi.
The mosque is built with reinforced concrete structure system, which symbolize the aspirations of a then newly-independent Malaysia,and has several prominent key features as such:
A minaret and an concrete main roof.
Both inspired by the shape of an umbrella, which is synonymous with the tropics. The 18-pointed star of main roof is reminiscent of an open umbrella while, the 75-metre-high minaret's cap a folded one.
The main roof was once coloured pink, and now clad with blue & green tiles. The number 18 comes from the 13 state of malaysia & the 5 pillars of Islam
Concrete folded plates are used to achieve larger spans required in the halls of the mosque
l Reflecting pools and fountains spread throughout the compound, and act as a passive cooling system for the whole compound
Wide & large shaded verandas covered the circulation inside the mosque compound, providing shades from direct sunlight, protection from rain, and allowing the building to breathe freely.