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Reykjavík Mosque

COORDINATES                                  

LOCATION                                        

YEAR                                                                                     

CLIENT                                            

STATUS                                              

PROGRAM                                      

AREA                                                              

AWARD                                                                                            

COLLABORATORS

                                                 64° 7' 34.3956'' N 21° 51' 10.4256'' W

                                                                                        Reykjavík, Iceland

                                                                                                                      2015

                                                            The Association of Muslims in Iceland

                                                                                                   Competition

                                                                                                      Mosque

                                                                                                             800 m²

                                                                                         Honorable Mention

T.ark Architects

The concept for the first Mosque in Iceland consists of creating a unified space, being revealed by two intersecting axes and programmatic conditions: The secular “Reykjavík grid” aiming for a balanced urban identity and the religious “Mecca grid” orientated towards the holy city. The Mosques’ shapes are extruded from those superimposed geometrical grids producing two rectangular concrete forms. The “Reykjavík rectangle”, with an untreated rough exterior, includes the city’s grid by maintaining the street- and building line and integrating the surrounding green areas. The “Mecca rectangle”, plastered with a light exterior, rotates towards the Qibla, engendering vibrant horizontal and vertical spaces responding to all the requirements for collective prayers and cultural activities. Combining the two grids gives birth to a third component: the Minaret. Having the specificity of being an urban landmark and a symbol of Islam, this architectural ele­ment brings together local and global dynamics into a twisting tower.