Yasser Arafat Mausoleum
Ramallah, Palestine

The complex consists of the burial chamber of Palestinian leader Yaser Arafat, the chairman of the Palestinian Liberation Organization and the first president of the Palestinian Authority, a prayer pavilion, and landscaped gardens, all situated in a 6,550 sq.m. site. The design of the burial chamber emphasizes openness and takes on a cubic form that is filled with light and placed on a low pedestal in a reflecting pool. A path that begins in front of the burial chamber divides the site into two more or less equal parts and provides access to the prayer pavilion. The rectangular prayer pavilion is treated as a simple meditative space.


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, Ramallah, Palestine
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Design 2005
completed 2007
1,100 m²
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