Woman designs mosque
In Turkey, there are more than 80,000 mosques, which were all built by men—except for one. That lone exception to the rule of male architects is the Şakirin Mosque in Istanbul, designed by Zeynep Fadillioglu. The first female designer of a mosque, the internationally recognized creative also designed two other mosques in Qatar in 2010.
Zeynep’s work evokes the magic of the Ottoman Empire, while maintaining a contemporary feel. She describes it as a “modern take on traditional values” in a recent
interview in Designboom magazine. It was with that look in mind that she designed the Şakirin Mosque in her hometown of Istanbul, a work that has become a symbol of modernity and progress. In mosques women and men pray in separate rooms. Often the women’s side is not as nice as the men’s. Zeynep made sure that in the Sakirin Mosque the women’s side would be just as enjoyable, noting with satisfaction that “today, [her mosque] belongs to the ‘must-sees’ of Istanbul.”
Posted May 2015
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