manço architects: conceptual mosque
manço architects: conceptual mosque manço architects: conceptual mosque
feb 05, 2011

manço architects: conceptual mosque

‘conceptual mosque’ by manco architects all images courtesy manco architects




istanbul-based firm manco architects has submitted images from their entry into the ‘conceptual design competition on mosque architecture’, organized by the municipality of kayseri, turkey. maintaining the principle of a single large volume, the primary component of a dome was replaced in favor of an alternative iconic form – a slanted cube. ‘kaaba’, the holiest place of islam towards where all muslims turn during prayer, is symbolized by a plain cube, illustrating the simplicity and humbleness recommended to muslims. this starting point of a cubic mass was skewed to result in a rectangular plan for the mosque, an essential planning principle for the linear order of prayer. the alteration was also influenced by the bending and prostrating movements of salaat. a sloping prayer area sliced into the podiums descend towards the kaaba direction.

perspective view from the direction of mecca




the interior sloping treatment extends to the outside, dividing the plot into two courtyards with different grades. the higher of the two accommodates outdoor friday, eid and funeral prayers while the lower is sunk 1.5 m under grade and circumscribed by the annex. an ablution area is located underneath the mosque to enable direct access to the prayer area. the water also aids in facilitating natural sunlight to enter the mosque, as well as direct cool cross ventilation.

main entrance

interior view

schematic diagram

natural daylight and cross ventilation diagram

overall plan

floor plan / level 0

floor plan / level +2.30

floor plan / level +4.00


designboom has received these images from our new ‘DIY submissions‘  feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.we have already acquired many submissions, so keep on the lookout for more of your projects to be published in the coming days!

  • not very good…

    Sam says:
  • good

    ivan says:
  • I like the idea

    marc says:
  • creative

    Badr Z. says:
  • better use the money on poor peoples infrastructure and bring them away from poverty

    thinker says:
  • cool place to hang out but, bad place to perform shalat

    reza says:
  • great!
    Don’t have an ass ahead when you bend, it can improve the prayer and meditation.

    vince says:
  • the exterior looks more than a sports arena then a mosque.

    Mohammed Vaez says:
  • A very creative and outside of the box visualising and thinking… Inspirational.

    Jamal El Kaddouri says:
  • Refreshing ! good job !

    Hocine says:
  • great…

    sst says:
  • It resemble no Islamic architecture … humbly, not good for sure.

    ZS says:

    frones says:

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