Mosque of Nasreen

San Luis Obispo, California

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Islamic Heritage with a Contemporary Approach

Built 2009

This mixed-use project is a two-story building with a Mosque, two studio apartments and parking located on a steep, long and narrow site in a residential neighborhood. The Mosque of Nasreen embraces the Islamic architectural heritage with a contemporary approach and introduced a new cultural landmark into the residential neighborhood where it is located.

The project features the principal elements of a traditional mosque in relation to building materials and the play of mathematical patterns. The minaret is the tallest point of the building, with its crown spire, green and blue mosaic tiles, and geometric laser cut screens. The portal, invites the worshipers to the courtyard featuring decorated hardscapes, water elements, and metal works. The mosque floats above the water with pools, located on either side and under the stairway leading to the entrance. The water provides a transcendental approach into the covered part of the building. The prayer hall is a large open space located directly under the main dome. The screens on the floor to ceiling windows, are a play on the effect of a screened in structure similar to middle-eastern architecture. They also celebrate the mathematical geometry of the Islamic culture. The Mihrab, a niche centered on the Qibla wall is the location from which the Imam leads the prayers. The glass block slits of the Mihrab allow the easterly sun to come onto the floor of the mosque to highlight the direction of Mecca.

The Mosque of Nasreen embraces the Islamic architectural heritage with a contemporary approach. The project features the principal elements of a traditional mosque-- a portal, courtyard, water, minaret, assembly area, and mihrab. It provides a place of assembly for the local Muslim Community on a long and narrow site. The property consists of a mosque with two studio apartments on separate stories and parking at ground level. The project introduced a new cultural landmark into the residential neighborhood where it is located.

AIACCC 2009 Award of Recognition

AIACCC 2011 People's Choice Award

Obispo Beautiful Association Award 2009

 
 
 
 

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