The rugged, austere design of Sancaklar Mosque is inspired by the Cave of Hira and the modesty of mosques built during the earliest years of Islam. Designed by Emre Arolat Architects (EAA) and built in
The main hall of Sancaklar Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey. A simple, cave-like space 7 meters below ground with exposed stone and concrete walls. Designed by Emre Arolat Architects (EAA) and built in Architecture Festival, Religion Winner)
Emre Arolat’s 2012 design for the Sancaklar Mosque outside Istanbul challenges the Turkish capital’s ubiquitous soaring domes and patterned minarets. Instead, the firm built the mosque into the side of a hill and clad it in natural stacked slate.