Haj House

"Koranic verses, chosen by Islamic scholars adorn the granite walls on the first floor. God, as the saying goes, is in the details"

The Haj House, located near the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus in South Mumbai, was built to provide transit facilities for 1000 Haj pilgrims. It also has an auditorium which can seat 850 persons.

The Haj House provides facilities for health checkups, applications for visas and passports and reorientation for first time pilgrims.

The Haj House was planned as a very elegant and layered design. It was designed as a modern building that has an appearance of a typical Islamic structure. The Haj House is veiled in jaalis. Visually these jaalis unify the edifice; functionally they provide light and ventilation.

Koranic verses adorn the granite walls on the first floor. These verses were chosen by learned Islamic scholars and reverberate with the power of prayer. To ensure that the verses were correctly inscribed on the granite walls, the calligraphers did the calligraphy on site in the presence of Islamic scholars.

Project Facts
  • Building type: transit facilities, prayer hall, dormitories, auditorium
  • Location: Mumbai
  • Status: Completed - 1984
  • Client: Haj Committee