paolo venturella architecture: solar powered mosque in pristina
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may 11, 2013
paolo venturella architecture: solar powered mosque in pristina


‘prishtina solar powered mosque’ by paolo venturella architecture

 

 

 

the monolithic building proposal by italian architect paolo venturella becomes a urban fulcrum for the city of prishtina in kosovo.
 by merging the two main
elements of the mosque – the ‘kiblah wall ‘dome’ – the plan indicates a direction for users to pray, creating a communal space for people to unite. from a
geometric point of view, the mosque – which faces the mecca – can be seen as a sphere that extrudes out from the wall.

 

the prayer hall is divided into two separated rooms, accommodating a smaller area for praying from monday to thursday, and a larger space for friday and festivals.
both sections are designed on multiple levels, bringing men and women together at different levels. educational, social, administrative and commercial areas are
separated from the sacred space above. the shape of the envelope is conceived as a ‘double-skin’ – generating a circular intervention around the prayer hall.
made with a series of louvers, the facade is covered with thin photovoltaic film that harvests energy for the mosque and the other services.


 

 


pedestrian area

 

 

taking advantage of the spherical shape, the curved form guarantees a surface perfectly oriented to the sun during all the day so to optimize the radiation
of the sun.
these tilted shaders avoid the direct passage of sunlight creating indirect illumination and allow the view to outside. the southern facing ‘kibla
wall’ works as a greenhouse element that captures heat and releases it to the interior when needed during colder periods.

 

 


kiblah front

 

 


facade

 

 


section

 

 

 


interior view

 

 


detail

 

 


diagrams

 

 


siteplan

 


plan

 

team design:
paolo venturella,
angelo balducci, luca ponsi, paolo gaeta

 

 

 

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