Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Taller 301 + Land+Civilization Compositions

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Designed by Taller 301 and Land+Civilization Compositions, their main idea for the Central Mosque of Pristina is to re-interpret the elements that constitute the Mosque, without pushing the limits of the already established principles of Islamic Architecture. Located in , a country rich in tradition and has confronted tough issues in recent years, the project intends to look back, and to see the way forward. More images and architects’ description after the break.

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In Islamic tradition, the circle is the perfect geometrical figure representing, in an abstract way, the perfect God. The circle and the light are the integrative elements of our design. The mosque, being the focal point of the community, creates/nourishes everyday life around it. In addition, the mosque itself should be of a modern quality, like its users and the buildings it sits amongst.

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A Community Base

The base that the prayer hall sits upon relates its program to the adjacent uses, binding them all together. Continuing this line of thought, a Hamam is incorporated to our design, the shops are solved in an Arasta typology, both are tying it further to its community and its history. This way, the mosque contributes and gives way to the development of the city.

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A Fresh Reading of History

The tradition of a dome, a revak, and a courtyard are very strong in Mosque architecture. These traditional forms are kept, but modified to adapt the site/context, and given a more contemporary formal quality.

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A New Light/Structure

MimarSinan used domes for two reasons: to create the largest possible uninterrupted, unified, homogenous volume and to maximize the light in the space. The design strives to his original intentions but uses modern technology to achieve the forms.

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Individual and Collective

Prayer being an individual and a collective activity, at the same time: People communicate with Allah in many ways. The prayer hall responds to this diversity in its design. A gradient of spaces allow for intimate moments of private reflection and for a collective space of grandeur.

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All for One

The site context is diverse and the design relates to each in its own way – formal toward the main street, a magnificent interior prayer hall, and intimate and natural toward the back of the site. The different elements of the Mosque act together to form a collective / holistic gesture.Much like the worshipers themselves – a series of individuals coming together to form a diverse, yet harmonious whole.

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This project will be locally grounded with its array of historical, yet contextual community programs. It will speak to its users by formally providing a range of spaces for relating to God. Simultaneously, it will be a symbol of the world of both Islam and Kosovo’s rich history, laying the groundwork for the future.

Architects: Taller 301 + Land+Civilization Compositions
Location: Pristina, Kosovo
Team Leaders: Pablo Forero, Julian Restrepo, Jason Hilgefort, Merve Bedir
Team Members: Manuela Mosquera, Jessica Thatcher, Santiago Sánchez, Juan Carlos Cuberos, Joaquín Mosquera, Intern – Camilo Serna
Client: The Islamic Community of the Republic of Kosovo
Program: Prayer Hall, Hamam, Conference Center, Childrens’ Center, Commercial , restaurant, library, gardens, and plaza
Site Area: 8,100 sqm
Floor Area: 40,000 sqm
Status: Competition Submission
Project Year: 2013

Cite: Furuto, Alison. "Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Taller 301 + Land+Civilization Compositions" 21 Apr 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 28 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=361248>
  • R.Susan

    “Country rich in tradition” ??? isn’t this a recently self-proclaimed islamic republic in Europe. As far as I know it was once a part of Yugoslavia, or Serbia proper, until Albanian extremists that settled in that area proclaimed it as an own republic in 2009. People should really get their facts straight.

    • W. Anderson

      Many countries have a rich tradition even though they didn’t always go by the modern name, don’t you think? The Balkan wars are part of the tradition of modern Kosovo, a name that goes back 650 years, and Islam goes back over 500 years since the time the region was ruled by the Ottomans.

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