Cambridge Mosque

Timber construction for the senses

The striking timber construction of the Cambridge Mosque is taking shape in the middle of a residential area of this British university city. Over an area of 4,000 m2, the timber construction will later accommodate a prayer room for 1,000 adherents, a café and two apartments.


The mosque’s architecture comes from the London-based architecture firm marks barfield architects, which, inter alia, designed the famous London Eye. The oriental atmosphere in the building’s interior is generated by the 30 Free Form, tree-like
timber pillars, which are connected to each other through the ceiling structure. All ceiling, wall and roof elements are also made of wood. Externally, the 6.5 m high dome installed on the 10 m high roof construction, which on completion will be covered in gold leaf, is certain to capture attention.


As this structure is a mix of various prefabrication types, including Free Form components, traditional ribbed and timber framed construction and cross-laminated timber elements, the various different production facilities at Blumer-Lehmann AG were involved.


The Building is scheduled to open in early 2019.


Facts & Figures:

  • 3,000 free-form components
  • 2,000 m2 exterior walls
  • 1,200 m2 interior walls
  • 2,000 m2 roof area
  • 2,000 m2 cross-laminated timber
  • 63 Skylights
  • 3 staircases
Type of project:
Free Form
Cambridge Mosque Trust, Cambridge
United Kingdom