Grand Çamlıca Mosque
ARCHITETURAL & INTERIOR DESIGN
On July 23th of 2012, an architectural project competition was held for a mosque to be built on Çamlıca Hill.
The most striking feature of this competition entry is that it reshapes traditional dome architecture with unorthodox construction techniques that we are not accustomed to seeing in a mosque. In this lightened form, the gigantic transparent dome filters the natural light in through its several-layered structure, providing a spacious and bright experience that strengthens the sense of spirituality during worship.
In the interiors, the load-bearing elements are distributed in such a way as to define the space and support the roof and the dome at equal points, instead of taking place on the peripheries, emphasizing the fluidity of volumes and spaces.
The pulpit façade was designed as transparent as possible with the same philosophy: the artificial pond and landscape areas in front of it were designed to expand and glorify spiritual feelings.
Its slender and tall minarets complete and contemplate the modern architecture of the mosque with their slender sections and steel cones.