12th Annual International Design Awards: Ismaili Jamatkhana and Centre, Khorog, Tajikistan

The International Design Awards (IDA) exists to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries and to uncover emerging talent in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic, and Fashion Design. IDA aspires to draw attention to the iconoclasm of design world wide, conceptualizing and producing great work. Farmani Group assembled IDA as the design sibling of the Annual Lucie Awards for Photography, which has emerged as one of the world’s most prestigious photography awards.


Prize(s) Silver in Architecture Categories / Institutional


The 4,500 sq. m. building is a religious cultural center located in the Pamir mountain region of Tajikistan.

The design draws its inspiration and design vocabulary from the vernacular architecture of the area; the majestic, tall Poplar trees, its spectacular setting, the local materials and construction techniques. The Project is seamless in the integration of architecture and interior design, interior spaces and exterior spaces with the use of local materials such as stone, wood and Lapis Lazuli. The interior ceiling is inspired by the rotated squares found in Pamiri Houses.



For over 30 years, Farouk Noormohamed has used architecture to change lives, inspire the spirit & advance sustainability. His buildings combine breathtaking design, efficiency of space, and harmony with nature. Every building Farouk has designed has become a landmark in its context, and a source of pride for its users in the process garnering him international recognition for his contribution to culturally responsive architecture. His work draws from local traditions and crafts and combines with modern technologies. He has won the gold medal from the International Union of Architects.





Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

5 thoughts

  1. what a wonderful news! Mubarak and Congrats to the Tajik Jamat and to Farouk Noormohamed, and his talented team and Family Farida and Aliya. This project will benefit forever the Jamat in Badakshan. I had privilege to attend presentation on this Jamatkhana in Burnaby everyone should hear the story of this.


    1. What a lovely beautiful place. Inspired design that should be the standard for the world. Farouk Bhai please do a Jamatkhana for us in United States!


  2. A splendid jamat khane for Tajik jamat. it’s so beautiful in the interior and what more can one ask for to come
    out and see the beautiful ocean right there. It is very soothing to just stand still and hear the waves and bring peace in our souls.


  3. Can we please see more about this Jk and other one by same architect. Is he Ismaili and how much he has done? It look like same architect from Dushanbe and in Vancouver north Jk.


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