HOME / Projects / Worship places / 2013 | Turkey | Istanbul | Sancaklar Mosque

2013 | Turkey | Istanbul | Sancaklar Mosque

The Sancaklar Mosque project proposes a contemporary vision of the religious space, radically revisiting the typical and consolidated forms of the symbolic place of the Islamic religion. Selected for the “RIBA Award for International Excellence” in 2018. The building is located on a large expanse of grass separated from the surrounding suburban areas by a busy road. The semi-underground structure follows the contour lines of the land. The upper courtyard of the mosque, surrounded by high walls, represents a clear boundary between the chaotic world outside and the serene and sheltered atmosphere of the public park. The mosque interior is a simple space resembling a cave, where stone alternates with concrete, maintaining a contrast between the artificial and natural. Incisions and fissures along the walls allow daylight to filter through. The lighting design follows the sober simplicity of the architecture, embedding lines of LED light into the architectural features. Recessed fixtures illuminate the longitudinal wall in the prayer room when the daylight has waned, maintaining a day-time effect by reflection.

“With their project for the Sancaklar Mosque, Istanbul, Emre Arolat Architects aim to address the fundamental issues of designing a mosque by distancing itself from the current architectural discussions based on form and focusing solely on the essence of religious space.” Domus

Team members:
Architects Emre Arolat – Studio Lighting Design


Photo courtesy:
Emre Arolat

Other Projects

The architect team leader Piero Castiglioni assign Marco Petrucci as Senior Lighting Designer and Mauro Zani as Engineer Specialist for the realization of lighting projects. The costant innovation search and the continuing dialogue in order to meet customer demands result in a exclusive work.

Overall view of the CityLife complex
Night view of the Cathedral of St. Pierre.
works by the artist Emilio Isgrò
View of the illuminated entrance of Cisterna hotel in Trastevere
external view of the building in Fidenza
Hong Kong Chin Lin Main Hall
Luigi Rovati Foundation in Milan - project lighting
Private museum view of the exhibition
Hong Kong Chin Li Pagoda
Led Lights: Projects - detail of the lighting fixture
Geneva Saint-Pierre Cathedral main view - museum lighting design
Monastero di Viboldone: Lights Projects - building lights
San pellegrino Headquarters: Architectural Lighting
Showroom Miticauto ferrari car - retail lighting design
Light design mitic suspension - led lightsing design
Conservatoire de Musique detail - project lighting
Sala del Gran Consiglio, Friburgo - Lights
Isgrò exhibition at Palazzo Reale in Milan, lighting of the hall
Lausanne ECA Headquarters: external view - architectural lighting
Lighting Device Tarsius - two led light design
San Donato SNAM Headquarters - architectural lighting
Italy Milan Private House Light Fall stair - led light design
Milan Portello district
Italy Bergamo Routes EXPO 2015 - led light design
Hotel Lighting: Antakya Museum Hotel
Venezia Papadopoli Palace Aman Resorts suite - architectural outdoor lighting
San Donato ENI Headquarters - main project view
External view of Ex-Chiattone Palace
Trento MUSE Science Museum - main project view
Triennale Palace Pierluigi Ghianda Exhibition - main project view
Palace Gae Aulenti Exhibition: Bio of Gae Aulenti
Brera Botanical Garden - main project view
Mantova Te Palace Civic Museum - main project view
Iran Ahvaz Bridges lighting
Rome Imperial Forums - main project view
San Francesco Airport: Lights Project
Palermo Branciforte Palace - project view
Dugnano Public Library Tilane relax room - building lights
Como Ex St. Francis Church Silvano Bulgari Exhibition - main project view
Alessandria Vetus Palace - main project view
Hungary Budapest Klotild Palace
Yacht Sailing Boat Mandrake - main project view
Turkey Bodrum Vicem Lu frontal view - building lights
Rome Venezia Palace - main project view
Rome Barberini Palace- main project view
Royal Palace Artemisia Gentileschi Exhibition - main project view
Jil Sander Showroom in Milan - main project view
Expo 2015 in Milan Lighting Masterplan
Planetarium Baths of Diocletian - main project view
Rome Baths of Diocletian I Segreti del Cielo Cascella Exhibition - main project view
Pierluigi Ghianda Library detail
Yacht Mangusta 130 MAO internal view - retail lighting design
Internal view of El Prat airport in Barcelona
Schifanoia Palace The Months Hall main view - building lighting design
Fribourg St. Pierre Church in Switzerland - internal view
External view of the Church in Bironico
Church of Santa Maria Rossa - main project view
Pordenone St. Mark's Bell Tower night view - building lighting design
Historical city center
Overall view of the CityLife complex
Night view of the Cathedral of St. Pierre.
works by the artist Emilio Isgrò
View of the illuminated entrance of Cisterna hotel in Trastevere
external view of the building in Fidenza
Hong Kong Chin Lin Main Hall
Luigi Rovati Foundation in Milan - project lighting
Private museum view of the exhibition
Hong Kong Chin Li Pagoda
Led Lights: Projects - detail of the lighting fixture
Geneva Saint-Pierre Cathedral main view - museum lighting design
Monastero di Viboldone: Lights Projects - building lights
San pellegrino Headquarters: Architectural Lighting
Showroom Miticauto ferrari car - retail lighting design
Light design mitic suspension - led lightsing design
Conservatoire de Musique detail - project lighting
Sala del Gran Consiglio, Friburgo - Lights
Isgrò exhibition at Palazzo Reale in Milan, lighting of the hall
Lausanne ECA Headquarters: external view - architectural lighting
Lighting Device Tarsius - two led light design
San Donato SNAM Headquarters - architectural lighting
Italy Milan Private House Light Fall stair - led light design
Milan Portello district
Italy Bergamo Routes EXPO 2015 - led light design
Hotel Lighting: Antakya Museum Hotel
Venezia Papadopoli Palace Aman Resorts suite - architectural outdoor lighting
San Donato ENI Headquarters - main project view
External view of Ex-Chiattone Palace
Trento MUSE Science Museum - main project view
Triennale Palace Pierluigi Ghianda Exhibition - main project view
Palace Gae Aulenti Exhibition: Bio of Gae Aulenti
Brera Botanical Garden - main project view
Mantova Te Palace Civic Museum - main project view
Iran Ahvaz Bridges lighting
Rome Imperial Forums - main project view
San Francesco Airport: Lights Project
Palermo Branciforte Palace - project view
Dugnano Public Library Tilane relax room - building lights
Como Ex St. Francis Church Silvano Bulgari Exhibition - main project view
Alessandria Vetus Palace - main project view
Hungary Budapest Klotild Palace
Yacht Sailing Boat Mandrake - main project view
Turkey Bodrum Vicem Lu frontal view - building lights
Rome Venezia Palace - main project view
Rome Barberini Palace- main project view
Royal Palace Artemisia Gentileschi Exhibition - main project view
Jil Sander Showroom in Milan - main project view
Expo 2015 in Milan Lighting Masterplan
Planetarium Baths of Diocletian - main project view
Rome Baths of Diocletian I Segreti del Cielo Cascella Exhibition - main project view
Pierluigi Ghianda Library detail
Yacht Mangusta 130 MAO internal view - retail lighting design
Internal view of El Prat airport in Barcelona
Schifanoia Palace The Months Hall main view - building lighting design
Fribourg St. Pierre Church in Switzerland - internal view
External view of the Church in Bironico
Church of Santa Maria Rossa - main project view
Pordenone St. Mark's Bell Tower night view - building lighting design
Historical city center
MENU