Since the year 1999 the FÉLAG MÚSLIMA Á ÍSLANDI applied to the Reykjavik Municipality for the allocation of a plot of land to build a Mosque and Islamic center on parity with other Churches and religious institutions, so as to have a Muslim place of worship as well. After a struggle of over 13 years the city of Reykjavik finally agreed to allocate a plot of land size 1600m2 to build our intended Mosque. It is now imperative that FÉLAG MÚSLIMA Á ÍSLANDI start building the Mosque. The importance of this mosque lies in: The stability of the Islamic call to educate Muslims in the Holy Quran and meet their needs that is increasing daily due to new immigrants and the increase in overall population as well as the increase in the numbers of people interested in the teachings of Islam from many nationalities. Stabilize and provide proper understanding of Islam in the Icelandic society and introduce Islam and Islamic principals in a truthfull and proper way to combat the negative image portrayed in today´s media and all the misconceptions associated with it about Islam. This will cut into the untruths about Islam as it is currently painted by those who are intent on portraying the message of Islam as a non-peace and violent religion. We need to portray Islam in its true and peaceful nature and message to the Icelandic community and all others in the community so as to change present misconceptions being portrayed in the media and others (and there are many of them) who are intent on sending false messages about Islam. Organize educational courses and informative lectures to the students and universities to the Islamic Center and give positive impressions about Islamic culture. Added to that, invite government employees and senior government agencies such as the police federation, immigration officers and ministry and municipality staff members to such events. Ensure that both the Mosque and the Islamic Center are financially self sustainable through the activities of its support structures such as the food and cafeteria sales, the shop and the library. Information about the Project. Total Plot (land size) 1600m2 Buildings 800m2 owned by the FÉLAG MÚSLIMA Á ÍSLANDI Reykjavik City council invites any interested parties to visit the City Council to obtain full information on the project of the intended building of the Mosque and Islamic Center in Reykjavik. Technical Manager Architect Guðjón Magnússon The Islamic Center will consist of the following: Prayer Hall Women´s Prayer Hall Conference Hall Classes for Children Islamic Library Residence for Imam and guests Cafeteria and Food Hall
The cultural foundation of the Mosque in Reykjavik, Iceland, is a convergence of two traditions: Icelandic and Muslim architectural practices. A Mosque in the northernmost capital of the world needs to have distinctive visual elements and attributes of a Mosque. Simultaneously, it needs to communicate deep ties with the Icelandic environment and culture. Main objective of the proposal is to merge these different traditions and architectural perspectives into a modest solution, which can serve the Muslim community and a contemporary call of a dialogue between cultures. The proposal offers exciting solutions for a spacious building for religious ceremonies, educational activities, lectures and other social and cultural events. Given that the Mosque is placed in an environmental green zone, it is imperative that the architecture is sensitive towards its location and takes its values from it. Form and structure of the Mosque is therefore developed from its Genius Loci or place value. The building will be an integral part of the green zone surrounding it on two sites. Two dices or cubes, black on the inside and outside, form the basic form of the construction and between them grows organic form and turf. The exterior appearance of the building is formed by dark stones and turf, light spiral and a transparent dome. The Icelandic mineral base forces its way out in-between organic turf, vibrant spiral reaches out and up to the sky, and through the glass dome sun-rays flow directly into the heart of the building.
The interplay of green grass, hill and dolerite are emblems within the Icelandic building tradition and suggests simultaneously connections with the stone used in the Kaaba temple and the old, green Mosque of the Prophet Muhammed in Mecca. In addition, other vitally important elements are at play in the proposal that amplify its value: Traffic noise from Miklabraut / S braut is curbed and will not interfere with prayer ceremonies, tranquility and protective atmosphere, which is desirable within the construction. Strong links and references between two opposing traditions form together a symbolic whole. The building has a sustainable foundation and eco-friendly solutions. The building is timeless and regardless of structural trends and ornamentation, which makes it true, simple and modest.
Buildings features from the Islamic tradition does not affect the overall effect but rather approaches Icelandic psyche. For instance, the minaret that is made out of oak-wood creates associations with Icelandic trestles and the glass dome suggests a knitted cap or a glacial peak. A new interpretation of the Islamic architectural tradition The building is designed from within outwards. The core of the building is worship, which receives religious and symbolic significance with columns and daylight through the dome and other transparent material. The five pillars of Islam: Shahadah, Salat, Zakat, Sawm and Hajj, are symbolically suggested in the space. Efforts are made to create inner surroundings that radiates spiritual respect of a place but at the same time take note of technical solutions that the 21st century offers. All spaces within the building taken into account or are visually connected to this particular core. It is in the spirit of the Islamic tradition, to form a "flowing space" interior. To achieve that, glass and mobile walls are used in parts of the building where it is appropriate. For instance, it is possible to utilize the assembly and worship rooms as one space.
Glass is placed in 2:50 m walls which separate the lobby and the worship space. Similar visual connections are between the library and the worship space. Such solutions open up effective new dimensions , new visual and spacial connections and various light effects during day times and seasons, especially when the sun is bright. The main features of indoor spaces is to integrate them and utilize different qualities of daylight. In this case Icelandic interpretation of indoor gardens and patios is being used, that are part and parcel of Islamic building tradition. Materials and technical arrangement Choices of material being used derive from local availability. Organic turf forms a contrast with carved, Icelandic basalt. Indoors, the uncovered in situ concrete weigh against light wooden oak floors. Gold staining are on the Qibla, which gives praying ceremonies symbolic elegance and dignity. Building materials and structure make the construction, management and operation of the building economical. Icelandic construction methods and techniques keep construction costs moderat e. Total size of the building: 799.30 m2
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