Central Mosque of Pristina
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Architects: Maden GROUP Location: Pristina, Kosovo Team: Maden – Ideal Vejsa, Gazmend Dema, Dafine Gashi, Leart Mullaademi, Shpat Pozhegu; Rron Tresi, Marsida Musta Client: The Islamic Community of the Republic of Kosova Status: Competition Submission Site Area: 8,100 sqm Floor Area: 45,000 sqm Year: March, 2013
To reach the highest number for praying during Islamic holidays we designed the landscape so it can offer extra space for praying. Floor pavement is designed for orientation and also to mark the praying space for one person. Because of the weather conditions in Pristina during winter, we designed a flexible solution to shelter bigger number of people within the perimeter of the Mosque. By using folding panels, in front of the entrance we can create this space.

Prishtina Central Mosque Competition Entry by Maden&Co Prishtina-based firm, Maden Group, unveiled its entry of the international architecture competition to design the Central Mosque of Prishtina in Kosovo. More details about its entry is featured below.

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Prishtina Central Mosque Competition Entry by Maden&Co Prishtina-based firm, Maden Group, unveiled its entry of the international architecture competition to design the Central Mosque of Prishtina in Kosovo. More details about its entry is featured below.

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Prishtina Central Mosque Competition Entry by Maden&Co Prishtina-based firm, Maden Group, unveiled its entry of the international architecture competition to design the Central Mosque of Prishtina in Kosovo. More details about its entry is featured below.

Passive energy – To fulfill the goal to reduce the bills of electrical energy, to heat during the winter and cool during the summer, it is proposed to use the passive energy which is achieved with air space between double walls and coverage of building. Also, there are proposed those materials, which during the day absorb the sunlight and heat, and released them during the night. Materials – It is proposed to use the local materials and those that are easily find in local trade.

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Maden GROUP architects are the latest to contribute to the international competition for the design of Central Mosque of Pristina, for their design they used arabesque in the move to create the sentiment of traditional design for the mosque.

Also we can transform the interior of the main praying hall into smaller spaces in the time when the Mosque is not full so we can be more energy efficient. This flexibility is done by respecting the rule for not mixing men and women in the process of praying.

Image 9 of 29 from gallery of Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Maden GROUP. Courtesy of Maden GROUP

Using arabesque in our concept was one of our aims to keep the tradition as a part of other design elements of our Mosque. Flower in Islam – Flower patterns complement the symmetry common in Islamic design. Islamic art often integrates the use of symmetrical and geometric designs for decorative purposes. Mathematical concepts as they apply to artistry and design lend themselves well to producing flower motifs. We used this technique to design Mosque`s façade.

Image 7 of 29 from gallery of Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Maden GROUP. Courtesy of Maden GROUP

The biggest architecture value is to achieve transmitting elements from predecessor which in this case is the Grand Mosque of Pristina (Sulltan Mehmet Fatih Mosque).

Image 5 of 29 from gallery of Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Maden GROUP. Courtesy of Maden GROUP

Since the Central Mosque of Pristina will take the lead as the main Mosque has to be related with the existing Grand Mosque of Pristina. The connection has to be either through concept or physical elements that create the bridge of heritage. Since the location dedicated for the Central Mosque is in a highly dense urban block, process of design had its own obstacles.

Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry, Pristina, Kosovo - Maden GROUP

Tradition is priceless element that we have to use it wisely because the purpose of the Central Mosque of Prishtina is to inherit the old and rich culture that the city was build upon and to pass it through time as a center for Islamic culture in the capital of Kosovo.

Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry, Pristina, Kosovo - Maden GROUP

Square as a simple and pure form, the perfect form, because what we want to convey is the purity of the faith, for us this form reflects the religion. Even in the earliest mosques the shape of the building based on the square, on a regular form where everything is equal as well as we are equal in front of God.

Image 2 of 29 from gallery of Central Mosque of Pristina Competition Entry / Maden GROUP. Courtesy of Maden GROUP

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