Central Mosque of Prishtina



Contemporary cities are in a state of flux as a new born nation is constantly challenged by its past and an aspirational future. People look for various paths where they could constantly take refuge and foster their hope for progress and peace. These paths are made of two critical opposites i.e. between abstract and reality, between past and the future or between old and new. They are characterised by transformations. It is this character of transition that also embodies the Majaz.

A city seeking its new central mosque in a contemporary part of the city opportunes the idea of an insert. The insert here is a place of worship to answer to the need of a place to pray for Muslims in Prishtina.
Majaz is a metaphor. The central mosque is not only an architectural landmark but an architectonic medium through which the transitionfrom worldly to heavenly facilitates.

Majaz is the vestibule that fosters this transition. It is the threshold that holds two worlds, two feels at opposite ends. Majaz translates the role of a mosque as an architectonic medium to transform the enormous time gap as an interplay between its exterior and interior. The Sultan Mehmed II central mosque is used as a major influence to design the soul of the new mosque.
Majaz is an architectural commitment that confluences the project goals to evolve into an architectural form – simple yet strong, monumental yet warm addressing the necessity and identity of Islam and inserting it with present times. Majaz indicates the building of a landmark that emerges from the idea of a common ground. A common ground for prayer enactment and engaging the community in the communal act if worship. The central mosque thus stands bold from the exterior embodied with long standing history of ottoman influence from its interior as the soul of the mosque. Majaz well places the mosque into prominence with the urban setting devoid of such typology since long. It orients strongly towards the ontological axis and sits in the urban setting Majaz is an experience of a common ground of prayer that is divine and purifies one’s mind and soul where the spatial characteristics of the mosque are intrinsically defined by the act of prostration.

Majaz is where the dialectics between the fundamental past and the grounding future takes place. The inclusion of the great faith mosque within the ambit of design of the new mosque gives a connection to its past. The mosque holds great importance to its citizen and the new mosque includes it for a point of reflection and source of illumination.
Majaz is understanding humanity, a threshold that gives enough space for religion to breathe in a secular state. Its silent butdominant exterior exemplifies the higher level of human moral and conduct answering to a source of integrity . Majaz is the continuum that leads the way for the muslims in Prishtina. The inception has space for conceptual continuity with the past while allowing them to execute spatial transformations in response to social, political, economic and technological changes that take place over time.
Majaz is the Central Mosque of Prishtina.

A mosque space is minimally characterized by the amount of space a person occupies when performing a prayer directed towards mecca.
The project is conceptualized with a prayer area as the basic unit. The individual carpet of 0.6 x 1.2 m that collectively opens the entire site to pray for all. This is the unit that is oriented towards the qibla and thus charges the entire flux within the site and its public space. With no competing element in the architectural language, the mosque resides on the site with majestic and humility. This space is the a transitional space that commnunicates with point of view of the urbanistic dimension , the historic timeline as well as the need for a timeless building in the contemporary neighborhood of Dardania.

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Prishtina, Kosovo

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