Al-Irsyad Mosque, Kota Baru Parahyangan that located in Padalarang, Jawa Barat, Indonesia, was designed by Urbane Indonesia. The primary shape of the mosque takes the form of a square, which seems the most efficient use of space since Muslims pray in straight rows facing a specific direction or the Qiblah.The structural columns are arranged in such way that the façade seems like it is not supported by any frame. This shape also alludes to Ka’bah, the most important structure in the Islamic world, to which all Muslims’ prayers are directed.
The tall pole-like structure next to the square building form is called the minaret, an important element for mosque. It was used in the past for someone to call out to all Muslims to prayer on top of the minaret whenever prayer time has come. Today, the minaret still serves the same function, except loudspeakers are used instead. In a way, the minaret has become an icon of mosques; anyone searching for a mosque can one from afar.