Competition entry, 2010
Our aim in the project was to question the elements that make a traditional mosque. despite of being built in growing numbers each year, the conventional form of a mosque somewhat remains the same. we tried to individualize each of the building elements in a mosque, and re-design them with a new mentality, but staying loyal to their origins.
Motif. One of the important traditional ele- ments in a mosque is the “motif” or in other words, the pattern. we tried integrating the pattern element with the construction itself; the result was porous walls, with an irregular pattern, allowing partial entrance of air and light, which helps to create an almost surreal experience inside the building.
Minaret. Minaret is another element of the conventional mosque, which has lost its primary function nowadays, due to the technological improvements of audio systems. as a result of that, in our project, it’s no longer a place for sonorous announcements, but it stands as a landmark to sign the mosque’s presence.
Dome. the dome is perhaps one of the most dominant fragments of a mosque. its sym- bolical form, and symmetrical, central geometry emphasize its importance. but apart from all those reasons, it also was an architectural solution to cover large spaces. with the current technology, that has changed as well. and all that’s left from the dome as we know is its symbolical meaning, seen from the outside. we wanted to present this by drawing the traces of what could be considered an abstract dome. the internal beams rise over the roof to form a dome silhouette which is only noticed from the street level. and therefore, it only serves as a reminder of its existence.
Internal Space. keeping in mind that islam is a religion that was created to unite people, and encourage mass ceremonies held all together, we attempted to create an internal space that unites people. an open, one space interior attempts to achieve that goal. the light that enters the internal space changes with each hour, and so does the internal ambiance. this shadow-play creates a - quite unusual - mystical surrounding.
the symmetry found through all the building is an ode to the classical usage of symmetry found often in islamic architecture.