The Vali-e-Asr Mosque is centrally situated in the Iranian capital Tehran and its most unique design is the fact that it does not look like a typical mosque. This mosque architecture building was designed by Iranian top architects Reza Daneshmir and Catherine Spiridonoff of Fluid Motion Architects.
With a contemporary and modern architectural design, the mosque doesn’t follow the rules of Islamic architecture and avoids the conventional typology of large domes and tall minarets in favor of a modest horizontality thereby making the mosque pleasantly co-exist with the nearby buildings and adjacent park.
All the architecture of this building abjures the naturally rising from the street level towards Mecca, in a tiered configuration of concave and convex strips that generate a remarkable modern interior design. With contemporary architecture, the Mosque enhance the sense of spirituality.
Following current opposition due to its oversized scale, the modern mosque architecture project was put on hold for two years until 2007. It may have taken more than 10 years for the Vali-e-asr Mosque to be finished but Fluid Motion’s innovative and unique design was well worth it.
The design of the mosque architecture’ sloping roof was founded on a complex geometry of ribbed vaults and crossing arches named Karbandi which was developed in Persia for the construction of domed spaces. Incorporated into the roof’s modern design, a series of splits deliver sunlight, air flow, and natural ventilation, and enhance the connection between the interior and exterior.
From the outside, they appear like fish gills while inside they create a spiral movement that starts from the entrance hall and soars to the prayer hall which occupies the tallest space in the mosque architecture building.
With the total floor area of 25,000 square meters, this contemporary mosque architecture building also houses a series of shared spaces such as a library, meeting hall and classrooms, as well as four underground levels of parking, connected via gently sloping ramps to make circulation easier for the elderly, the disabled and parents with strollers.
This stunning and marvelous new mosque architecture building is located in one of the most culturally delicate places in Tehran, according to its top architects. They applied a simple interior aesthetic based on inexpensive cream marble for the flooring and walls of the main spaces, and white colored plaster for the ceilings and columns: the result was a minimalist and all-white décor building with an exclusive architectural design.