Acknowledgement Competition New Mosque and Cultural Centre Heilbronn (2014)
A place of religious activity – the mosque generates a balance between independent identity and an integrated city building block. The urban development concept is based on the combination of a context-related city building block with a particular stand-alone building. On the one hand, the mosque naturally fits into the urban structure, on the other hand, it appears formally as an independent object and thus underlines its importance as a special place. Despite their formal independence, the mosque and minaret are related to the two opposite high points.
Building idea The shape of the main structure, rounded on two sides, reveals the special content of the building and at the same time becomes part of a building ensemble, which is connected via a base level. As a functionally clearly structured structure, the base level forms the foundation and an “L” above it, oriented to the east and north, the backdrop for the secular functions of the cultural centre. Incisions in the building structure allow views and vistas. The atrium on the first floor, which can be reached from the foyer via a generously curved staircase, forms the communicative and cultural centre of the community.
Play of light and shadow shadow The mosque is vaulted by a central dome, which receives a wreath of translucent light openings as a contemporary interpretation of a classical theme. The prayer room itself is given a largely closed and introverted character. Two gallery levels with circular sections take up the geometry of the cupola and create a vertically elevated space. Through a multitude of purposefully arranged, small openings in the outer skin and the light ring of the cupola, the room experiences a special light staging, making it possible to experience the important transcendence and proximity of God in Islam. The play of light and shadow gives the building a physical plasticity.