Innovative Approach Towards Mosque Architecture

Karamürsel Akçakoça Mosque Project, whose design and application projects have been prepared by İbrahim Türkeri (PhD), Lecturer at GTU's Faculty of Architecture, and Architect Gönül Karademir, starts. The design of the mosque is based on the Prophet's Mosque (Al-Masjid An-Nabawī) in Medina.

The Project for Karamürsel Akçakoça Mosque, whose design and application projects have been prepared by İbrahim Türkeri (PhD), Lecturer at GTU's Faculty of Architecture, and Architect Gönül Karademir, has been approved by Karamürsel  Municipal Council and İsmail Yıldırım, Karamürsel Mayor. Receiving positive feedback from the arhitecture community, the project has started to be applied under the supervision of Karamürsel Municipality. 

Architect İbrahim Türkeri (PhD), who had completed his PhD studies on places of worship, said the following about the project: Designing a place of Muslim worship in Turkey is a challenging matter because everyone who has the notion of religion and space in their train of thought seems to have something to say about it and their ideas are stereotypical most of the time, which requires a very precautious approach to this matter, which also involves social and cultural habits and new and old approaches. In this sense, the design we made use of for this project is the Prophet's Mosque in Medina, which was His Holiness Prophet Muhammad's first masjid and has a rectangular plan. The Religion of Islam takes the whole earth itself as a place of worship, thus the wall of the structure looking in the direction of Mecca is transparent and stands as a gate directly opening to heaven. The main place of worship is in a "horizontal" form. The roof, which becomes transparent in the center, adds to this and they all create a new image for a mosque. The minaret of the mosque symbolically stands as a "home for birds", which is also implied in our traditional Muslim culture. What is more, the structure does not exist on its own, but brings in a new square for the town.

 Last Updated: July 20, 2018

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