We proposed a rigorous and concise composition made of few recognizable features that could be an urban landmark. The traditional elements of Islamic architecture define a new architecture: the minaret is tall and visible, the abdesthane (fountain for the faithful’s ablution but also a source of fresh water for the citizens) and the entrance portal with sacred inscriptions define a public square in front of the building, the overhead light, the curtains and the inclination of the ceiling create an inner sacred space for the prayer. The choice of materials follows the same principle, the building is completely covered with thin slabs of white onyx, reflecting the sunlight and, at the same time, allowing it to filter into the building. The use of a single coating material is a tribute to Ottoman architecture, in which only a few wealthy ornamental elements stand out in the composition. The organization and the relationship between spaces determines a flexibility of use, according to the user of the space during the day. The minaret, that five times a day calls the faithful to pray, becomes an element of vertical connection that leads visitors to the roof of the building, an outdoor terrace overlooking the Marmara sea.

Location: Büyükada Island Istanbul – Turkey
Year: 2015
Area: 3.000 sqm
Client: Municipality of Büyükada
Design Partner: Arch. Francesco de Felice
With: C. Bedendo, A. Doğan, U. Çevik, D. Kurt, Ş. Üçkardeşler