Vogosca is a suburb of Sarajevo built to house factory workers. Like most communist-era developments in the former Yugoslavia, it was planned without provision for religious life. In those years some 30 per cent of Bosnia's mosques were lost: the 1992-1995 conflict destroyed 80 per cent of what was left. The new mosque in Vogosca is a symbol of the revival of one town's spiritual and religious life. Funding came from many small individual donations. The construction deploys the few materials that are readily available in post-conflict Bosnia: reinforced concrete structure, concrete slabs, beams, columns and stairs, brick infill.
Vogosca Mosque Presentation Panels. Courtesy of Architect. Geneva: Aga Khan Award for Architecture, 2007.
In the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, projects enrolled in the nomination process are documented by the architect(s). In addition to submitting images and drawings, architects are asked to complete a detailed questionnaire pertaining to use, cost, environmental and climatic factors, construction materials, building schedule, and, more importantly, design concepts and each project's significance within its own context and to present the project in two A3 panels.