Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Prayer Hall – IBC Zurich in Zurich, Switzerland by Filter Architecture
May 14th, 2013 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Filter Architecture
Interior is located inside former industrial building. The project was commissioned by Muslim community of Bosnian immigrants, permanently residing in Zurich/Switzerland. Design is steered by a notion that conventional form of sacral spaces has an important symbolic function related to collective memory.
The major challenge was to create a design which can be recognized as conventionally sacral by the community, while clearly achieving a character of contemporaneity. General spatial organization has been determined by placing a box-like, ritual-ablution facility inside elongated industrial hall, in order to introduce new sequences of space – matching those in a traditional mosque.
Porous wooden elements have been placed over windows, not only to make an introvert atmosphere necessary for prayer and contemplation, but also to interact with the surrounding outdoor enviroment and emphasize a change of function. The final result is a place that reflects toward the community by introducing a feeling that they belong somewhere, rather than nowhere.
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