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How do you define this special mosque?
The Assyafaah Mosque
This mosque is so different from the ones we normally see.How do you feel about this interpretation of an age old tradition?

How do you feel about it's minaret?

take a look here:
http://www.architectureweek.com/2005/0803/design_1-1.html

http://www.architecture-page.com/go/projects/assyafaah-mosque-singapore
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How do you define this special mosque?
Dear 7Ix 7Ix,

well, I think it�s not a good interpretation of a mosque (the minaret neither) and the result looks much more like a simple office building than a mosque. In that manner I�d say the design has failed. It pays more contribution to financial power than to sofisticated artwork, as its always been an important part of islamic religious architecture (the old mosque in cordoba for example).
Building a mosque or any other kind of religious building does always have to deal with sensibility, light and shadow, vitality and so on.... I cant�t see any of that created here.
On the other hand, I support the intent to reinterpret the traditional sceme of a mosque and would be highliy interested in how this could be transformed to modern times architecture, without just redesigning something from hundreds of years ago. In that manner, I think, its a good intent to search for new forms or shapes of this building typology. But traditonal forms in my opinion still have to be recognizable. That�s very important in the sense, that a mosque - as a religious place - is still a typology that has to deal with a high sense of respect to tradition.
Greetings
Markus Kasper
How do you define this special mosque?
Hello 7lx 7lx,
As an Architect, I appreciate the approach the designer has adopted.
This is perhaps a good example to show the 'progressive' character of Islamic philosophy, and its 'ever-contemporariness'. The very act of worshipping in a mosque is a timeless activity; and the architecture must enhance the timeless-ness of the very obejective. This design, perhaps matches the ethos of the younger generations; and should be able to convince them about the contemporariness of religious beliefs.

I see, the interiors of the mosque are quite authentic, and really have a beautiful play of light and shade. Unnecessary Ornamentalism has been avoided to enhance the focus of the core activity.

However, in the facade and overall architectural vocabulary, one may really have to struggle to relate it to a typical mosque design. Perhaps the change of facade has been done on the cost of the 'naturality' of a viewer's reaction to a mosque design. This will, perhaps, need unnecessarily extra efforts to convince a viewer about the fact that it is actually a mosque and that he/she needs to develop a sense of reverence that is usually done at the sight of any other mosque.

Also, in terms of simplicity of form and clarity of architectural elements, I would rank Shah Faisal mosque quite far above this design; and would still laud the architects of this mosque for the boldness and innovation.

Regards
P Das
How do you define this special mosque?
hello 7lx 7lx.

the interior is reminiscent of zen-like simplicity. and i would agee that the facade is a brave take on a contemporary re-interpretation of prayer as communication with the Divine.
Jofer Magsi
How do you define this special mosque?
This is, without any doubt, a beautifully crafted building.

What I enjoy the most is the very contemporary take on the following three points :

1. Attached to and an integral part of a common place of dwelling, as in the original house/mosque of the Prophet.
2. An eye catching minaret
3. An impressive iwan like overhanging panel.

It is nice to see and feel the essence of the mosque, as a building, through the mix of those forms calling on three different origins (Arabia, Syria and Iran), has been kept and modernised.

As a previous person commented, the contemporariness of islam is extremely well expressed.
Xavier Fournier
How do you define this special mosque?
Dear 7lx 7lx,

Should a mosque employ the typical symbolism as based on traditional interpretations, which are based on the regional architecture of the Middle East? Time changes and so is culture. We live in a different world and are bounded by different needs and context. Regardless of how the architecture is, as long as the meaning of the building is being preserved, I guess that is the most important and crucial point of its existance. Islam is universal and progressive and so will be with the architecture. Whatever is physical in nature will parish whereby anything that abides to no symbolism or specific form will live forever. Islamic architecture does not exist! What exist are the meaning and intent, which is submission to Allah SWT. Wallahua'lam.
Azlaini Abdul Aziz
How do you define this special mosque?
pbwu mrs,

I cannot describe this mosque, but to say that i always dreamt of this building as a house of mine.

it is really majestic, but could u tell us what is the name of the architect of that mosque and also if u could get any pics to it at the time of any prayers, it will be much better and we will be much grateful.
Waleed Akef
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