paolo venturella architecture: solar powered mosque in pristina
paolo venturella architecture: solar powered mosque in pristina paolo venturella architecture: solar powered mosque in pristina
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.

pedestrian area




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. 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



interior view









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




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  • but plug building…

    John says:
  • Futuristic!!!!

    Alexander K says:
  • looks like a jesus fish

    ehh says:
  • A bomb shaped mosque?! That’s a gaffe.

    James Tiddlyfecker says:
  • i second James Tiddlyfecker

    LOOOOLLLL says:
  • looks like a buttplug

    Serjei says:
  • lots of haters here !

    majd says:
  • PLEASE! City of Prishtina is not in Serbia! Prishtina is a capital of Kosovo and Kosovo is an independent country!

    bujarb says:
  • There are some important elements of mosque design is not Been included , the minaret is not there and Dome at the top as well , although the design ides here is the sphere , also the the space outside the mosque building need to be utilize to welcome worshipers or others . In General it is a fantastic idea need to be upgraded . good luck for the Designer .

    Adil says:
  • It’s a simple concept smoothly integrated with technology. Looks great, but I wonder if they were filling up waterballoons when they thought this one up.

    kdog says:
  • Bomb shape. Loud gaffe tho. Or was it intentional?

    “A sphere is added to the front to create a dome for Muslim faithfuls”. For a mosque, that’s a dumb line tho.

    Why people want to use many words to “philosophically” explain things then end up making no sense what’s so ever?


    Technologically futuristic but the concept needs to be redone, from scratch.

    Ebenezer says:
  • It s great idea !

    mike says:
  • While I applaud unique design work, I feel that it fails terribly with the integration of the solar aspect. With different orientations, multiple MPPT will be required, plus the shading issues. Interesting CONCEPT though, not practical in reality.

    AJ says:

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