Sancaklar Mosque

Architect
Emre Arolat Architecture
Location
İstanbul, Turkey | View Map
Project Year
2014
Category
Mosques
Product Spec Sheet

ElementBrandProduct Name
Chairs and Tables Koleksiyon
Cabinetwork and custom woodworkBay Ahsap
Paints and stainsBoyut Yapi
Windows - Metal frame, Glazing - GlassBSM Alüminyum
Accessibility provision (lifts, ramping, etc.)Mer Asansor
DoorsNaturel Grup

Product Spec Sheet
Chairs and Tables
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork
Paints and stains
Windows - Metal frame, Glazing - Glass
Accessibility provision (lifts, ramping, etc.)
Doors

Sancaklar Mosque

Emre Arolat Architecture as Architects, Landscape Design

The building was designed as a response to the Sancaklar Family who wanted to build a mosque on a site overlooking the Buyukcekmece Lake, at a neighborhood of many gated communities. The main issue was a confrontation with the classical Ottoman mosque scheme, which became a blank anachronism with today’s construction techniques.

photo_credit Cemal Emden
Cemal Emden

Depending on the fact that a mosque does not have a predefined form and anywhere clean may be a prayer’s room, the project focused solely on the “essence” of a religious space, by distancing itself from discussions on form. Physical and emotional pleasure was at the forefront. The design aimed at representing purest forms of light and matter, just as a primary inner world, free from all cultural burdens. The disappearance of the building in the slope of the site, anchorage to the ground as if it has always been there, getting rid of all temporal and cultural engagements were aimed. 

photo_credit Cemal Emden
Cemal Emden

The project site is located in a prairie landscape that is separated from the surrounding suburban gated communities by a busy street. The only visible elements of the mosque are the courtyard surrounded by horizontal walls and a vertical prismatic mass of stone (minaret), which depicts that this is a “place” and the inscription signifies that this is a place for praying. The cascades following the natural slope turns into steps as one moves through the landscape, down the hill and leads to the entrance at the lower courtyard. The tea house, communal space and the library just across the mosque enriches the gathering feature of this open space. The prayer hall reached directly, a simple cave like space, becomes a dramatic and awe inspiring place to pray and be alone with God.

photo_credit Cemal Emden
Cemal Emden

The interior is simple where materials put forward themselves as they are, free from redundancies. The walls and the ceiling strengthen the feeling of purification and humbleness. The space may be defined as a meditation space. The only ornament is the daylight that leaks on the Qiblah wall, changing according to the time of the day. The slits and fractures along this wall enhances the directionality of the prayer space. A very special element is the letter “waw” on the reflective black wall of infinity. First time in mosque architecture, women have the chance to pray just in the same row as the men, contrary to being at the back as in all others. They are placed at an elevated and separated part of the hall. The complex includes the ablution halls, restrooms and the imam’s house from where he can reach the hall directly.

photo_credit Cemal Emden
Cemal Emden

The building blends in completely with the topography and in this peaceful way, delivers back the form of the ground. This submerging feature and the green roof all above provides a natural insulation against heat loss and gain. Landscape materials are mainly of rural plants that need no maintenance and that merges with the prairie of the surroundings. All these features prevents the use of extra energy and water.

Team:
Client
Sancaklar Foundation

Owner 
Republic of Turkey Presidency of Religious Affairs

General Contractor
Sancaklar Foundation

Structural Project
Balkar Engineering

Mechanical Project
Setta Engineering

Electrical Project
HB teknik

Landscape Design
Emre Arolat Architects, Medosa

Lighting Design
SLD – Piero Castiglioni

Acoustics
SeyConsulting

Photographer
Thomas Mayer

Calligraphy
Mehmed Özçay

photo_credit EAA Archives
EAA Archives
photo_credit Cemal Emden
Cemal Emden
photo_credit Thomas Mayer
Thomas Mayer
Caption
Caption
Caption

Material Used:
Exterior cladding
Masonry: Boyut Yapı Mimarlık
Moisture barrier: Detay Yapı
Curtain wall: Özcem Yapı

Windows
Metal frame: BSM Aluminium

Glazing
Glass: BSM Aluminium

Doors
Entrances: Natural Ahşap
Wood doors: Natural Ahşap

Interior finishes
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Bay Ahşap
Paints and stains: Boyut Yapı
Solid surfacing: BMG
Carpet: Golden Halı

Furnishings
Chairs: Koleksiyon Mobilya
Tables: Koleksiyon Mobilya

Lighting
Downlights: Vetaş Electric & Lighting
Task lighting: Vetaş Electric & Lighting
Exterior: Vetaş Electric & Lighting
Dimming System or other lighting controls:Vetaş Electric & Lighting

Conveyance
Accessibility provision (lifts, ramping, etc.): MER Asansör

Timber formwork
Peri Kalıp

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