Ramadan Pavilion 2023 by Ramadan Tent Project and the V&A

This inaugural Ramadan Pavilion, designed by Shahed Saleem, evokes an abstracted mosque. It draws inspiration from the V&A’s Prints and Drawings collection to represent the history of the mosque and Muslims in Britain

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Ramadan Pavilion 2023 by Ramadan Tent Project and the V&A  photo

The Ramadan Pavilion is a purpose-built architectural structure and showpiece of creative art and design to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. The Pavilion will host a series of public events and two Open Iftars as part of the annual Ramadan Festival curated by Ramadan Tent Project.

The aim of the annual Ramadan Pavilion is to celebrate the lived experiences of Muslims across the UK and globe during the holiest month of the Islamic calendar, and to bring attention to the core values and traditions of Ramadan through architectural expression, experimentation and associated public arts programme. 

Ramadan Pavilion 2023 by Ramadan Tent Project and the V&A
Designed by Shahed Saleem
Supported by The Diriyah Biennale Foundation

With additional support from COSARAF Charitable Foundation, the University of Westminster, RIBA, and AKT II

The 2023 Ramadan Pavilion is designed as an assemblage of architectural parts drawn from the V&A collection of drawings and photographs of historic Islamic architecture. This is intended to reflect the way that British mosques have been built by their communities, where they reference various traditions of Islamic history through architectural symbols.

Ramadan Tent Project is an award-winning charity established in 2013 with a mission of bringing communities together and developing the understanding of Ramadan. Ramadan Tent Project organises the annual Ramadan Festival, which is a collection of artistic, cultural, creative events to inspire and engage audiences from all backgrounds, in addition to the UK’s largest community event in Ramadan, Open Iftar.

Shahed Saleem is an architect, writer, and teacher at the University of Westminster School of Architecture. He is the author of ‘The British Mosque, an architectural and social history’, published in 2018 by Historic England. His research and practice interests are in the architecture of migrant and post-migrant communities, and in particular their relationship to notions of heritage, belonging and nationhood.

Part of Ramadan Festival 2023

Header image: Ramadan Pavilion Concept render by Shahed Saleem