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
Emre Arolat Architects
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.