Ever since it was completed in 1965, the National Mosque continues to be an impressive structure, centrally situated in the nation s capital, Kuala Lumpur. It is not only a symbol of greatness of Islam, but continues to be a meeting place for all Muslims to discuss and seek ways to better the teaching of the religion in this region. Most importantly, it was built to project the idea of unity amongst the people of this nation. To Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia, the building of the National Mosque was to reflect his stand to unite the people from the different races in Malaya, and later Malaysia. It was built not only from donations from Muslims alone, but also from non-Muslims imbued with the spirit of loyalty to their country. Following the attainment of Independence from the British in 1957, after the various colonisation period since 1511 (a period of 450 years), Islam was made the official religion of Malaya. The Government took steps to build and realise the building of the National Mosque as a symbol of the nation s struggle to become an independent nation. This move by the Government received the fullest support, help and co-operation from all quarters ranging from the State Governments to the people throughout the country. As a result, the National Mosque was at that time acknowledged as the largest and most modern in Southeast Asia. As it stands today, the mosque is an impressive structure incorporating many features of traditional Islamic style architecture with modern architectural elements which has translated into a modern vocabulary. It represents a symbolic element and the meaning of the Malay Islamic architecture in a truly modern sense. The eventual architect of the National Mosque who was responsible for this national landmark from the beginning of the concept stage right through to its completion in 1965 was Baharuddin Abu Kassim. He displayed great energy, enthusiasm and pure ingenuity, creating an outstanding structure, a synthesis of a mixture of old and modern architecture.
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Azim A. Aziz is the co-founder of ATSA Architects Sdn. Bhd. Malaysia. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, the USA with a degree in Architecture, and worked at Jurubena Bertiga International Partnership (JBIP), Malaysia for five years. While at JBIP he specialised in project management and managed many of the projects designed by the principals. With the experience gained from JBIP, Azim launched out with Zulqaisar Hamidin and Yee Teck Choon, to set up ATSA Architects Sdn. Bhd. in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In 24 years of its establishment, ATSA Architects has become an established medium sized architectural firm with approximately 70 staffs. Azim's work includes broad experience in numerous building types and scales, including sustainable design for commercial and residential, as well as design for the arts and entertainment communities. Azim and his firm's design philosophy emphasize on client requirements and user experience above the imposition of any particular design. Azim's goal is to produce an award-winning design and produce a structure that leaves a lasting impression on users and visitors. In 2011, Azim presented his paper 'Zeitgeist - The Spirit Of Our Time' at the Worldbex Architectural and Construction Seminar in Manila, the Philippines. Recently in 2016, he presented his paper 'Execution of Contemporary Islamic Architecture through Design: The Cyberjaya Green Platinum Mosque Project' at the 1st International Conference on Islamic Heritage Architecture and Art in Valencia, Spain. He also juried some of the architectural competitions held by the local universities in Malaysia. Azim recently published Masjid - Selected Mosques and Musollas in Malaysia and Architecture Malaysia: ATSA Architects Folio 2008-2011. He is currently working on the monographs of Raja Haji Fisabilillah Mosque in Cyberjaya, Malaysia and also on the Future Mosque Design. The publication of his previous monographs, Masjid - Selected Mosques from the Islamic World and 50 Years National Mosque 1965 - 2015, coincided with a pictorial exhibition held during the 50th-anniversary celebration of the Malaysia's iconic National Mosque (Masjid Negara) in Kuala Lumpur.
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Book Description ATSA Architects Sdn. Bhd., 2015. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M9833631037