Religious architecture between modernism and tradition
The preliminary design for the biggest mosque in the state capital of Baden-Württemberg combines traditional space and building design with the technical and architectural possibilities of the present. The defining element of the mosque’s interior is a form inspired by classic Islamic ornamentation and created by the structural system itself. The relatively understated design language translates the traditional elements into the modern age as if it were the most natural thing in the world.
The mosque building is flanked by arcade-like structures on either side, but slightly set back from them so as to create a special forecourt situation. The design of the street-facing facades sets the entire complex apart from its surroundings and creates a consistent aesthetic. A slender freestanding minaret next to the arcades provides accentuation.
The construction of the imposing mosque represents a significant contribution to the revitalisation of Feuerbach, a commercial and industrial district of Stuttgart that is currently experiencing structural change. Even though many modifications are likely to be made prior to implementation, the design can nevertheless be seen as playing an important role in the development of German and European mosque architecture.
Parking and the entrance to an underground garage are located on the southern side of the building.
The mosque and adjacent buildings set themselves apart from their surroundings.
The top view shows the size and location of the three buildings that make up the complex, as well as the central ornament in the mosque’s interior.
Inside the mosque, the structural system creates a form inspired by classic Islamic ornamentation.