Mosque in Reykjavik

Mosque in Reykjavik

REYKJAVIK NEW MOSQUE | ICELAND
Competition

The proposal is based on the architectural potential of the dome.

A dome is much more than a structural element. It is also a programmatic component, a spatial definer as well as a semiotic reference. Hence, the mosque becomes an organization of different architectural strategies. And all these strategies work in a harmonic interaction. Therefore the domes not only embody the programmatic spaces, but also generate the construction system. They also become a thin-shell structural system. Moreover, the dome is a very environmentally efficient structure. Last but not least, the dome is surely a symbol in religious architecture. The tradition in Islamic buildings is stimulated by such a powerful architectural element.

We believe that domed spaces may improve the spiritual experience of the visitors of the mosque as well as the passers-by around.

The building is the result of a diagramming process. The programmatic spaces for the main activities are turned into domes. The diameter if each dome is determined by the surface required. The organization of the domes is determined by the programmatic connections that are required. The consequence is a building without corridors, where the spaces are discovered in a sequential way. The resulting domed spaces are finally confined within the plot limits, producing interstitial spaces for the secondary activities and also creating the façades of the building.