Sep 09 2019

Turkish architects give mosque design a 21st-century makeover

A mosque design by an Istanbul-based architecture firm breaks from centuries of tradition by removing sharp edges to create an inviting yet modern urban space, design-focused outlet ArchDaily reported on Sunday.  

“Prayer halls and religious buildings aim to separate the visitor from the chaos of daily life and provide serenity and peace,” said ArchDaily. “In the Turkish city of Şanlıurfa, BeOffice Architects designed a circular, unbound mosque with a focus on nature, tranquillity, and accessibility.”

Şanlıurfa is home to several centuries-old Seljuk and Ottoman era mosques that are currently undergoing restoration. The new proposed 750-square-metre structure is circle-shaped, with landscaping, water features and lots of natural light, according to ArchDaily. 

Central courtyard of planned mosque, from BeOffice
Central courtyard of planned mosque, from BeOffice

“BeOffice surrounded the main structure with greenery, serving as a transitional zone from the chaotic city atmosphere to the complete seclusion of the mosque,” said ArchDaily. 

The design includes a madrassah space and study and lecture halls, while pedestrian paths move along the reflective pool and water channels to intersect at the central courtyard, according to ArchDaily. 

Mosque interior, from BeOffice
Mosque interior, from BeOffice

“Rather than defining the mosque as a place of worship, it is to create an education-social centre,” said BeOffice, “to draw the urbanite here and to provide a state of solidarity.”

Minaret of proposed Sanliurfa mosque, from BeOffice
Minaret of proposed Sanliurfa mosque, from BeOffice
https://www.archdaily.com/924159/turkish-office-redefines-typical-mosque-design

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