The Great Mosque of Prishtina

2013
 
Architects: Maria Kokkinou – Andreas Kourkoulas
Project Architect: Paplomatas Nicholas
Associates: Kokkinos Menelaos, Tiligada Vasiliki, Gartziou Iliana, Papanagiotou Stathis, Alberini Eva
Structural Engineering: Kyriazis Manos
Mechanical & Electrical Engineering: P. & H. Argyros
Building Energy & Lighting Consultant: Tsangrasoulis Aris
Landscape Architecture: Helli Pangalou & Associates

The Mosque, landmark of the city.

The winding of a spider spawned precious fabric which collects and directs movement inward and towards the holy city of Mecca, while it culminates to the apex of the minaret.

This spiral winding road towards the divine is noted throughout the grounds by water. The spider spawned construction filters light as it enters the great hall of the mosque.

As far as the landscape is concerned, based on the Qur’an 9.72 verse, “Allah has promised to the believing men and the believing women gardens, beneath which rivers flow, to abide in them, and goodly dwellings in gardens of perpetual abode….”, we decided to use running water around the building as a small stream which ends at the entrance. The square around the Mosque is planted with pomegranate at a zoning towards Mecca’s direction.

The whole Mosque is built from linear concrete elements spaced at one meter intervals. In recess of the concrete elements, a wall of glass blocks is built providing the internal skin of the building, which refers to the Islamic mashrabiya screens. Thus shading and privacy is achieved while maintaining a level of transparency. The light qualities of the mosque will change throughout the day as the light washes over the linear concrete elements. The dome, both internally and externally, is covered with copper.