Mosque (Amir Al-Momenin) Proposal / CAAT Architecture Studio

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Focusing on local architecture, the proposal for the Mosque (Amir Al- Momenin) by CAAT Architecture Studio detaches from everyday life and the approach to worship space in accessing the building. The integrated entity of the proposal plays its role as a religious and cultural center in the region scale while communicating with the environment. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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In questing the context of the project in , the project unveiled one of the basic aspects of Iranian architecture as “hierarchy” quality of space organization. This way of layering spaces that makes sequences of conquering the space can be traced in different older buildings, especially in religious buildings. In accordance to the contemporary metropolitan urban block with a dense building blocks where the mosque located in, and the region that mosque works within, guided the design team to a new perspective that shaped the proposal in relevance to traditional and modern life style.

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Inside the limitation of site borders and neighbors, formation of the mosque in regard to the function requisites of this type of building like praying hall and lateral activities, separated access and spaces for men and women etc. beside the local architecture of north of Tehran, lead to merging elements of a mosque as minaret, porch, yard and dome in a way that recreated totally new spaces. The project related to the environment through the variety of climate in each season, and different view angels and transparency depending on environmental and interior light.

Architecture Company: CAAT Architecture Studio
Location: Dezashib, Tehran, Iran
Client: Mosque Board of Trustees
Architects: Mahdi Kamboozia, Rasha Kiani
Assistant Architect: Hamidreza Salek
3D Rendering: Mohamad Ashkbarsefat
Photography: Mahdi Hosseini
Area: 559.23 Sqm
Year: 2013


Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Mosque (Amir Al-Momenin) Proposal / CAAT Architecture Studio" 02 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 27 May 2015. <>
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  • Sumaira

    I kind of find it difficult to read the spaces for male and female.
    Plus does anyone else has an issue of integration within urban fabric and not standing out just for the sake of standing out?

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  • sina pakand

    Good idea,but floor’s functional communications seems lost!

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  • sepehr edalati

    it’s counceptural art……..
    very nice…..
    i like it..

  • mohammad reza farhadkhani

    خیلی عالی و امیدوارم ازین قبیل کارها بیشتر انجام گیرد حتی اگر فقط در حد کانسپت باشد.

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  • elina

    mosque amir at karimi street (dezashib) is so small in earth .
    so i think this design is so good . but when poeple walk in road how those undrestand this is mosque ? please think !

  • Shahrzad Shah Tahmasebi

    It’s so irrelevant.

  • busra

    is it a mosque? i don’t think so.. where is the minaret. we want to more traditional mosques..