APTUM architecture: MI'RAJ pristina central mosque proposal APTUM architecture: MI'RAJ pristina central mosque proposal
apr 23, 2013

APTUM architecture: MI'RAJ pristina central mosque proposal

 

the name of APTUM architecture’s proposed design for the pristina central mosque, MI’RAJ, refers to a one-night, spiritual journey made by the prophet muhammed wherein he sojourns to ‘the farthest mosque’ and eventually tours the heavens, engaging with god about the centrality of prayer. the spiritual-spatial experience is further elaborated on in the hadith, the biographical holy text of the prophet, but moreover, emphasizes the unique relationship between place and sanctity in islam. the mosque proposal seeks to capture the ubiquity of sacred space in the religion and the importance of the physical journey in the search for spiritual fulfillment.  

prayer hall

 

 

the architecture of the masjid, literally a place of prostration, has a rich and varied history that finds its basic typology from the original spatial plan of the prophet’s home. while salaat, the islamic prayer process, democratizes any place as a possible site to connect with god, the building seeks to become a gathering place and multi-use complex for the community. in APTUM architecture’s vision, visitors approach the proposed building from either end of the site where a south-flanking stair culminates in an open, circular plaza that enjoys far-reaching city views and a cooling fountain. an impressive curve finds its zenith in a dramatic overhang that pulls visitors into the main entryway and lobby. the architecture unravels itself at it separates into balconies while  still allowing visitors a simultaneous journey as they collectively enter the prayer hall through network of archways. 

lower level

 

 

the filter of the fan-like arches gives way to a multi-level space with high-hanging, indirectly illuminating dome hovering high in the space. once the prayer process is complete, observers can proceed back through the ablution area, down the ramp or stairs, and re-emerge back into the community plaza to relax and enjoy the experience with friends and family. 

street view 

street view 2

 

 model

 

 

site plan

 

structural diagram

cross section

plan

elevation

long section

 

 

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  • in the name of allah
    very good and nice!

    Hesam says:
  • This is and amazing design. One of the most unique I’ve ever seen for a Masjid. May Allah make them successful. I hope to visit someday.

    Lianne says:
  • The surface of the mosque is very beautiful!

    courtesy says:
  • Awesome……!!!!

    Double D says:
  • I guess they have failed in visiting archetype of any Mosque , therefore I can’t see the evolution in design cause it doesn’t relate back to its archetype! however I can’t deny the beauty of the structure but not a Modern mosque.

    Amin says:
  • This is a tremendous way of dealing a spiritual space like mosque. As patterns and ornament forms used in islamic architecture worldwide tended to infinity, I believe that this project is doing so on the mass composition level !!

    Opening widely to the sky makes you feel that prayers won’t be neglected no more 🙂

    Khaled HajBakri says:

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