Mosque of the future

Mosque of the future

model. Copyright: Selcuk Unyimaz

New construction in Norderstedt: In the minarets turn wind turbines, the energy concept of the mosque relies on alternative energy sources

For the Moscheemeinde in Norderstedt an encounning center, whose architecture is groundbreaking. In the minarets turn wind turbines, the energy concept of the mosque relies on alternative energy sources. 3.5 million euros should cost the project. Telepolis talked to the architect.

Mr. Unyilmaz, you have created a design for a mosque with an innovative energy concept for Norderstedt. How did this project?? Was it your idea or came to her the community with this wish? Selcuk Unyilmaz: Selcuk Unyilmaz: I have been recommended over a friend, with the note in Norderstedt the Muslim community wants to build a new mosque. They already had some deurfish from other architects, I should watch this and advise the community. I looked at these drafts and found that these of the classic architectural language of the sacral buildings that can be seen in Turkey, respectively. A dome, which was not visible in the interior as such. A minaret who did not take the function of a minaret, but was only symbolically absorbed. And all these three drafts went in the same direction. I am a principle of catching that we – if we today in the 21. Century reflect on the topic of sacral buildings – maybe in the bases or in usage concepts at traditional values or concepts can be oriented, but not in architecture. You have to deal with this, which construction technical ways had the Muslim architects 500 years ago and which we have today. If it is decided to build a mosque, so we get it, both in Islamic countries as well as in Europe, often with – I say it provocative – to do cheap copies. As a architect, we need to re-approach this topic and reflect it on how a mosque can look like today. What is special about your energy concept? Selcuk Unyilmaz: For example, we used wind turbines on the minarets, which is a small part of our innovative total energy concept. On the one hand, the Minarett has had the function that the muezzin can call for prayer. And on the other hand, it also served as recognition signs, so that the creders could see from afar where the next mosque is located. We have dealt with the question of how we can deal with the element minaret today. We wanted to use wind turbines in principle in order to generate electricity. After long intensive conflicts, we optically highlighted at this point with vertically standing rotor blunts of glass, the pulpit in the minaret and at the same time there is also a function that energy can be generated from the power of nature at this point. So we have preserved the minaret as a traditional identification feature of a mosque, but on the other hand given him a meaningful function. The wind turbines on the minarets are a relatively small part of the entire energy concept. Another element we use primarily for energy production comes from the crystallization energy. Ca. 80 to 100 m3 of water is rigidly converted from the liquid form to ice and the solid form too fluid. The released energy is used in summer for the component cooling and in winter for the hot water requirement and heating. In principle we can say that we are with ice "Warmth" produce. Through the open involvement of the technical components into the architecture, which are otherwise usually hidden, and through the total energy concept, this is the world’s first sacral construction of its kind and therefore already applies to many committees as a pilot project. They are regarded independently of this mosque project since their studies with okological buildings. Is there a reference between your commitment for the ecological, environmentally friendly building and Islam? photo. E.G. Selcuk Unyilmaz: At the end of my studies, I have dealt with it, why am I often the only student who worked again and again in his dewy energy concepts and environmentally friendly maws until I realized that I’ve already been taught by my parents in my childhood, not Wasten about being with water. That was part of my education. Also in the mosque we hoard the Imam: Even if you make your ritual cleaning on the river, please use the water sparingly. So that was prospective of me. Therefore, I am the firm conviction that this environmental awareness, this economical, this conscious dealing and just the energy concepts are ultimately, not only, but also on my religion to influence. How did the community react to your design? They had to provide overwork? Selcuk Unyilmaz: When I decided against a copy in our first talk and shattered the firsterties, so to speak, the community has reasonably asked me if I conduct a suggestion. After a few weeks I presented my drafts, and as expected, there were exciting discussions about the modern architectural language and the special energy concept. As arguments for my concept, for example, I was able to carry out the ongoing operating costs: I have been attributable to them that the costs will be reduced by about 80 percent, and the investments we now make will pay off at the latest in 10 years. For a community like Norderstedt, it is much important to get the running costs under control. The first generation of the guest workers has sacrifilately built and entertaining the mosques through volunteer cooperation and coarse donations. The second generation has noticed something else, so that you too could handle this work. But at the latest in the third generation, this fundraisiness takes from day to day. Therefore, the communities have to think about the future and find ways to keep the ongoing costs due to economical energy concepts low.

Mosque of the future

model.Copyright: Selcuk Unyimaz My explanation of the energy concept, where we bring warm from nature, convert energy and at the same time spare the environment, I have associated with Islam teaching us, namely economical and gentle handling of natural resources. That has convinced the community, so that they were even ready to take extra costs. Not only in clothing or everyday item is economy and waste a topic, but also in the architecture. With the design of the mosque members of the municipality in Norderstedt reached a point where many have made a thought about the first time that they can also reduce the topic in architecture with new energy concepts. What does she have to connect to their designs that connect new ones with tradition? Selcuk Unyilmaz: The Ottomans have lived that one must orient themselves in the construction of new buildings at the city-building environment. What can I find before and how can I customize myself? If you are always "Unique selling characteristics" was taken into consideration, it would be done, so to speak, contra-Islamic architecture. The city-building orientation was always wanted at the Muslims in the past. Apart from the Islamic derivation, however, I think that you have to treat the sacral topic separately. A sacral building is something special because it is not about housing developing every day. He places special tasks: Which possibly possible tension fields can I exclude opposite the neighborhood of the outcomes and how can I act that the neighborhood involves the concepts with and this Fruh as possible… And she just not checked by a mosque that is not attractive.

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