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Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects

  • 01:00 - 17 June, 2014
Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects
Sancaklar Mosque / Emre Arolat Architects, © Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

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© Thomas Mayer

From the architect. Sancaklar Mosque located in Buyukçekmece, a suburban neighborhood in the outskirts of Istanbul, aims to address the fundamental issues of designing a mosque by distancing itself from the current architectural discussions based on form and focusing solely on the essence of religious space.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The project site is located in a prairie landscape that is separated from the surrounding suburban gated communities by a busy highway. The high walls surrounding the park on the upper courtyard of the mosque depict a clear boundary between the chaotic outer world and the serene atmosphere of the public park. The long canopy stretching out from the park becomes the only architectural element visible from the outside. The building is located below this canopy and can be accessed from a path from the upper courtyard through the park. The building blends in completely with the topography and the outside world is left behind as one moves through the landscape, down the hill and in between the walls to enter the mosque.

© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

The interior of the mosque, a simple cave like space, becomes a dramatic and awe inspiring place to pray and be alone with God. The slits and fractures along the Qiblah wall enhances the directionality of the prayer space and allows daylight to filter into the prayer hall.

© Thomas Mayer
© Thomas Mayer

The project constantly plays off of the tension between man-made and natural. The contrast between the natural stone stairs following the natural slope of the landscape and the thin reinforced concrete slab spanning over 6 meters to form the canopy helps enhance this dual relationship.

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su-architect · October 06, 2016

this project really looks like dachau church!

anarchitect · April 24, 2016

dachau protestant church

anarchitect · April 24, 2016

dachau protestan kilisesini andırıyor:

Ahmadovich · February 10, 2016


matrix · June 26, 2015

yeah yeah my dear, have you seen this : ?

Sarah EL Shepeeny · April 11, 2015

how this could be a mosque, If I stand beside that ,I won't be able to recognize that it is a mosque however I liked its interior

Aya mh · November 14, 2015 02:08 PM

i met one of the architects of this mosque in beirut
she explained the way the mosque was created by thoroughly reading and understanding the true meaning of philosophy of islam evolving around modesty and denying the materialism when trying to reach god
they conceived an abstract highly spiritual edifice that lets the visitor ground himself in order to leave any worldly distraction such as the elements we see in huge decorated mosques that are made to be tourist attractions nowadays

behnaz · June 17, 2014

it is fantastic

Pancho · June 17, 2014

The best Project I've seen in while!


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