qods mosque renovation by arash g. tehrani generated from islamic pattern qods mosque renovation by arash g. tehrani generated from islamic pattern
jan 24, 2015

qods mosque renovation by arash g. tehrani generated from islamic pattern

qods mosque renovation by arash g. tehrani generated from islamic pattern
image © pooria abaci 
all images courtesy of arash g. tehrani

 

 

 

 

arash g. tehrani has proposed a design concept to renovate a religious structure in one of most crowded crossroads of tehran, ‘qods mosque’. ‘the current situation has a confounded landscape with several wrongly installed objects,’ says tehrani. ‘the mosque consists of a tent-shaped building and an unfinished minaret. the client (tehran municipality) needed to remove the non-islamic face of a pyramid mosque and also to renovate the urban landscape.’


mosque from top
image © pooria abaci

 

 

 

the work envisions a semi-transparent urban façade to partially cover the facility, as the municipality had suggested. this system would form the skyline of a mosque with a dome, gate, porch and a minaret, which is also a decoded architectural object of its traditional shape.


view from darya boulevard
image © pooria abaci

 

 

 

eventually, the gesture creates a multi-functional contemporary porch covered by a persian islamic pattern. the repeated elements have been derived from an artwork by the late mahmoud maheronnaghshan, a traditional iranian architect and researcher. ‘porches could be seen in every city and building in historic iran,’ tehrani states. ‘these porches are one of the most important parts of the historic persian mosques called ‘ravagh’. thus, they are place for public service. this façade could also provide temporary book shows, be a place for religious ceremonies or even a shelter for an old woman to rest in the shadow during a day walk.’


interior parts of the porch, which could be used in different occasions
image © pooria abaci

 

 

 

the minaret is formed from three cubes with varying programs. these volumes are rotated extrusions of three squares whose geometries originate from a decoded dodecahedron islamic symbol. the top cube, which represents ‘light’ and ‘fire’, operates as an LCD screen for the residential zone of darya boulevard. the second cube houses the muezzin’s quarters. equipped with sounding systems for prayers, one side features a small window-port, which is in axis with qibla, while the other side is directed to the darya crossroads. the third cube has cardinal directions, which references the call, which was one the most important functions of al-masjed al-nabawi.

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east side of the façade from khovardin street
image © pooria abaci

 

 

all parts of the façade are prefabricated in a factory. there are three types of tiles with same size:  one including the ali pattern, one surfaced tile and another with three rings only. here, the main structure would be installed using steel, followed by the placement of the modules and the inner surfaces of translucent concrete.

arash g tehrani qods mosque renovation islamic pattern tehran designboom
design process: influence and policy
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arash g tehrani qods mosque renovation islamic pattern tehran designboom
façade design process
image © arash g. tehrani 

arash g tehrani qods mosque renovation islamic pattern tehran designboom
minaret: process of form
image © arash g. tehrani 

arash g tehrani qods mosque renovation islamic pattern tehran designboom
minaret’s concepts and functions
image © pooria abaci 

 

 

project info:

 

name: renovation concept for qods mosque urban landscape
architect: arash g. tehrani
firm: naghsh urang pars consulting engineers
location: darya blv. tehran, iran
date: 2011
type: religious
status: concept proposal
client: tehran municipality, region 2
architectural visualizer: pooria abasi

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here. 

  • Great article very interesting, and love the information about facade inspirations and design

    Aliyahgator says:

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