Architects behind the Sancaklar Mosque to speak at INN Istanbul event this April
The first in a series of five conferences spread over five years will take place at Victoria House in London’s Bloomsbury Square next week.
INN Istanbul will bring together design firms, fashion designers, Turkish architects and brands from across the city to celebrate all that is design in Istanbul. These city-specific showcases will continue over the next four years with exhibitors from Russia, India, China and Brazil.
Several architecture practices based in the burgeoning city of Istanbul will be attending the event, including Avci, CDA Projects, EAA and Superpool, and WAN will be meeting up with the firms there to bring you first-hand news and projects from these exciting design studios.
EAA (Emre Arolat Architects) last year completed a stunning new underground mosque in Buyukcekmece, a suburban neighbourhood of Istanbul. This modest space plays on the relationship between architecture and nature, with only a 6m reinforced concrete slab visible above the ground to highlight where the mosque is located.
Worshippers enter the Sancaklar Mosque - located near a busy road on a prairie landscape - through a simple courtyard in a public park and follow a series of natural stone steps downwards at a decline determined by the natural sloping of the landscape.
Emre Arolat Architects explains: “The building blends in completely with the topography and the outside world is left behind as one moves through the landscape, down the hill and in between the walls to enter the mosque.”
Once within the interior space, visitors are greeted by an unembellished volume. The ‘cave-like’ space is gently lit by natural light which diffuses in through small slits and fractures in the Qiblah wall, creating ‘a dramatic and awe-inspiring place to pray and be alone with God’.